Oleksandr Usyk has revealed his remarkable winter training regime ahead of his highly anticipated rematch with rival Anthony Joshua.
Usyk initially faced Joshua in September last year in London, and hosted a boxing masterclass to defeat the Englishman at home and win his three heavyweight titles.
Following the loss, Joshua immediately sought to activate the rematch clause in the couple’s contract, with the rivals’ second bout expected to take place around April of this year.
There is no doubt that the Englishman will want to regain the titles he lost four months ago, but Usyk will not be in the mood to give them back and the Ukrainian has therefore imposed a strange training regime on himself. – but rigorous – before the fight. .
The 34-year-old shared a bizarre video of himself training in the harsh Ukrainian winter conditions, while ghost boxing in an icy storm blown in his face by a fan.
Usyk’s rematch with Joshua has no confirmed date or location yet, but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently gave fans a delay to wait.
Hearn said, “I think April is realistic for this fight.
“Before you know it, it will be February and these fights require a lot of planning.”
The promoter also provided an update on where the fight could potentially take place, adding: “For us the preferred date and location for this fight will be the UK.
“In which case, we would have to do the fight on the outside, so we’re not really interested in doing this fight in March.
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“AJ has trained relatively solidly since the fight.”
While Usyk trained in Ukrainian winter conditions, Joshua’s preparation took place in a much warmer climate after visiting a number of US gyms in Dubai in recent months.
The Englishman’s gym stoppage sparked much speculation about the future of longtime coach Rob McCracken, following rumors Joshua was on the hunt for new blood after his loss in September.
And while Hearn believes his fighter is taking a “huge risk” in looking for a new team ahead of the fight, he has full confidence in Joshua to make the right decision.
The promoter commented: “It’s a huge risk, but if you feel you need a change and can’t continue in a specific way, the alternative is much riskier.
“If AJ didn’t make any changes and wasn’t comfortable with his approach to the rematch, I feel like we shouldn’t take this rematch.
“But the fact that he’s been so proactive and positive and whatever path he takes, I know he will be comfortable with that decision.”