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Unified heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk reveals plans to make official Ukrainian Premier League football debut


WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk hopes to get a chance to play Ukrainian Premier League football in the near future.

The pound-for-pound boxing superstar who beat Anthony Joshua in back-to-back bouts to cement himself as a unified heavyweight king is also a talented footballer.

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Usyk is the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion

Usyk made his football debut earlier this year

Ukrainian Premier League

Usyk made his football debut earlier this year

Usyk made his professional football debut for FC Polissya Zhytomyr in a 2-1 win over NK Veres Rivne in February as he prepared for a rematch with AJ.

The 35-year-old started the game on the bench but was clearly the center of attention as the broadcast cameras often turned his head during the first half.

In the 76th minute his moment came and he boxed on the touchline to warm up before entering the fray as a striker wearing the number 17.

Usyk had a fine appearance in his first appearance for FC Polissya and hopes he will be called upon to play for them again when they enter the Ukrainian Premier League.

“Polissya will soon enter the next league, the top tier. This club gave me the opportunity to play [in a friendly] so I want to keep helping them,” Usyk said on his YouTube channel.

At present, they are playing second tier football but are well placed for promotion after picking up 10 points from their first four games in the Persha Liha.

Usyk made his football debut earlier this year

Ukrainian Premier League

Usyk made his football debut earlier this year

After an impressive 20-minute appearance, he hopes to play the best Ukrainian football with FC Polissya Zhytomyr

Ukrainian Premier League

After an impressive 20-minute appearance, he hopes to play the best Ukrainian football with FC Polissya Zhytomyr


“These 30 years during which I have worked have finally allowed me to play. I don’t act like the win is already in the bag, I fully understand the responsibility and the amount of work that remains to be done,” added Usyk.

“Do you know why playing football is easier than boxing for me? Because nobody hits you on the head on purpose.

After retaining his heavyweight titles last month, Usyk revealed he will be out for the remainder of 2022 as he is injured and wants to spend time with his family.

This has prompted Tyson Fury to enter negotiations with Joshua over a highly anticipated all-British affair which is scheduled for December 3 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Frank Warren, who works with Fury, insists his client remains interested in an undisputed clash with Usyk and recently told talkSPORT that the two heavyweight champions will square off in March. 2023.



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