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Oleksandr Usyk insists he’s MORE worried about his son starting school than fighting Anthony Joshua

Oleksandr Usyk insists he’s MORE worried about his son’s first month at school than fighting Anthony Joshua and is not even thinking about their world heavyweight clash despite it being just DAYS away

  • Oleksandr Usyk challenges Anthony Joshua for the world titles on Saturday night
  • Usyk insisted he’s more worried about his son starting school than fighting AJ
  • He also warned Joshua he’ll be much better then he was against Derek Chisora 


Oleksandr Usyk has insisted he is more worried about his son’s first month at school than fighting Anthony Joshua for the world heavyweight championship.

The 34-year-old former undisputed cruiserweight king takes on Britain’s world champion in a blockbuster heavyweight showdown at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Saturday night.

Unbeaten pound-for-pound star Usyk is only days away from facing one of boxing’s most explosive punchers, but he’s insisted his mind is still not focussed on Joshua.

Oleksandr Usyk has warned Anthony Joshua he’ll be better than he was against Derek Chisora

Instead, the slick Ukrainian southpaw said he is more concerned with six-year-old Mykhailo’s starting primary school.

‘At the moment I don’t think about Anthony Joshua,’ Usyk told The Sun. ‘I don’t think about what he will do, what he will use or how he will box.

‘I have a little bit of timing to finish my training camp now, I might think about it then.

‘Right now I think more about how my son feels at school because he has just started first grade and he really did not want to go and do it.

‘He was saying: “I don’t want to go to school, dad. I am bored at school and you’re not there.”

The pair were set to fight in 2021 but Fury has been forced to fight Deontay Wilder instead

Joshua defends his world titles against Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday

‘But everything is fine now, he seems to have calmed down. So I probably think more about that than what Anthony Joshua will do in the ring.’

Usyk, who was watched by Joshua at ringside in his second heavyweight fight against Derek Chisora back in October, is widely regarded as one of AJ’s toughest challenges to date despite underwhelming performances in his last two fights.

The Ukrainian was bullied by Chisora in the opening rounds last year and had to overcome some hairy moments to earn a points victory.

It fuelled doubts about Usyk’s capabilities as a heavyweight, but Joshua has been warned by one of the 34-year-old’s former opponents in Michael Hunter that his style is the ‘most difficult’ to beat and that he has the chin to ‘absorb’ AJ’s punches.

Usyk insisted he's more concerned about his six-year-old son Mykhailo (left) than Joshua

Usyk insisted he’s more concerned about his six-year-old son Mykhailo (left) than Joshua

Usyk also insisted that Joshua will be in for a shock if he thinks his title defence will be plain sailing because of his sub-par performance against the battle-hardened Chisora almost a year ago.

He added: ‘I am very grateful to all those that support me and everything else but they expect too much from athletes.

‘Some of them very much do not understand what is happening in the ring, how difficult it is or, in some cases, how easy it is. People just have an image that they think up.

‘The fact is I boxed Derek for 12 rounds but he is actually a very difficult guy to beat. If you look at his two fights with Tyson Fury then he has gone 22 rounds with him.’

The Ukrainian defended his performance against Chisora, saying he is 'very difficult' to beat

The Ukrainian defended his performance against Chisora, saying he is ‘very difficult’ to beat

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