Usyk: Joyce tough nut to crack

The World Series of Boxing’s (WSB) number one Heavyweight (91kg+), Usyk is yet another Ukrainian southpaw who likes to brawl.

The London 2012 gold medallist and 2011 AIBA World Champion has five wins out of five in WSB. Instantly recognisable for his haircut and lean profile, Oleksandr is a fan favourite for his aggression and willingness to mix it up. Seemingly un-phased even when under sever bombardment, Usyk is often guilty of smiling at opponents during exchanges, as he engages in own brand of risky, but highly entertaining psychological warfare tactics. He does most of his damage on the outside through the use of jabs, crosses and overhand shots.

Like all his team mates Usyk has named the season’s highlight as getting to the finals. “Thebest moment was when 7,000 people in the Palace of Sports stood up cheering in celebration after [Rostyslav] Arkhypenko beat[Tony] Yoka and Ukraine qualified for the Team Finals”.

As for his own performance, Usyk says that “personally I enjoyed my performance against Medzhidov. It was a challenging fight and I think I did well. He was my toughest opponent but I have to say that Joyce of the Lionhearts proved a tough nut to crack as well”.

How does he feel going into the final? “The preparation is going great! I feel fantastic and so do the rest of Otamans!”