Oleksandr Usyk Says Getting WBC Belt Is Motivation
Oleksandr Usyk believes getting the WBC belt is motivation for him.
Usyk is set to defend his WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF titles on Saturday night in Poland against Daniel Dubois. It’s not the fight that many fans wanted, as Usyk and most boxing fans were hoping the Tyson Fury fight would come to fruition.
“Fury is beautiful and funny. I don’t think about him at all, I just need to meet him in the ring,” Usyk said. “I need him, the WBC belt is just additional motivation but me and him just need to fight. Fans and people will talk about our fight for 20, 30, 40 years. We need to fight.”
As Oleksandr Usyk says, he believes he and Tyson Fury need to fight for both of their legacies.
But, as the fight isn’t happening, Usyk will focus on facing Dubois in Poland, which he knows is as close to a home fight he can get with the Ukraine war still ongoing.
“That city has a large Ukrainian community and it has a boxing history. Vitali Klitschko boxed Tomasz Adamek there and there are a lot of boxing fans there. There are also a lot of MMA fighters from there. I pray every day for the lord to give me more understanding of what is going on in Ukraine. I don’t want to be angry at people, I want to love this world as it is. If I can bring my people just a little bit of enjoyment, I would fight everyday. Because of where they are, they don’t have anything else to do, or look at, other than fighting for freedom. But we are going to get that freedom,” Usyk concluded.
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