Oleksandr Usyk: World heavyweight champion trains with FC Polissya ahead of football debut this week

Case in case! Oleksandr Usyk is put through his paces on the training ground ahead of his football debut for Ukrainian second division club FC Polissya… with the world heavyweight champion set to try his hand at a friendly this week

  • Oleksandr Usyk set to swap boxing ring for soccer field this week
  • Usyk, 35, will play a friendly match with Ukrainian club FC Polissya on Thursday
  • The world heavyweight champion trained with his new teammates
  • He could be seen putting his footwork and head movement to use in a drill











World heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk was put through his paces during football training with FC Polissya after announcing he will play a friendly match for the Ukrainian second division side on Thursday.

Although there were no signs of the blood, sweat and tears he has grown accustomed to in the boxing gym, Usyk could be seen performing a series of drills before taking part in a small-scale match. ladder with his Polissya teammates.

The unified heavyweight king had to put his majestic footwork and quick head movement to good use when performing a drill, which involved weaving in and out of some cones and jumping to head the ball.

Oleksandr Usyk (left) was put through his paces in football training with FC Polissya

In footage uploaded to Instagram by Usyk and Polissya, he is first seen getting ready for training in the locker room.

The Ukrainian is later seen enjoying a light run, practicing a few kicks, completing the header drill and then failing to control the ball in the low end game.

Usyk plies his trade with Polissya during the club’s winter training camp, with their maiden Persha Liga campaign set to get up and running again in March.

Speaking about the boxer’s bond with his team, Polissya manager Volodymyr Zagursky told the Times Hub: “If Usyk strengthens our team, we will offer a professional contract, if not, we will just give him a chance to try his hand at soccer”. .

Usyk is set to play a friendly match for the Ukrainian second division club on Thursday

Usyk is set to play a friendly match for the Ukrainian second division club on Thursday

The world heavyweight boxing champion used his good head movement in a single drill

The world heavyweight boxing champion used his good head movement in a single drill

‘What will Usyk’s participation in the tournament look like? These moments are kept secret. Watch the tournament and you will see everything.

Nonetheless, Zagursky’s chances of signing Usyk permanently are highly unlikely considering he is set to fight for the undisputed heavyweight title.

If he emerges victorious in his rematch with Anthony Joshua, which is expected to take place in March or April this year, then the three-belt leader will likely take on the winner of Tyson Fury’s WBC title clash and Dillian Whyte.

Polissya manager Volodymyr Zagursky says Usyk could be offered professional contract

Polissya manager Volodymyr Zagursky says Usyk could be offered professional contract

A mega-fight between the winner of those two fights would crown the first undisputed heavyweight king in over two decades, and if that man is Usyk, he will secure a special place in boxing history.

Winning all four titles would make him the second fighter to become an undisputed heavyweight and heavyweight champion, following in the footsteps of Evander Holyfield.

Usyk and Fury have recently been locked in talks over arranging an upcoming undisputed reunion, only for Joshua and Whyte’s withdrawal demands to prove too much.

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