Oleksandr Usyk Taps Into His Inner Cossack

By: Sean Crose "Ukrainian Warrior," heavyweight contender Oleksandr Usyk says of his new look -shaved head and fork shaped moustache - ahead of this weekend's title about against Anthony Joshua, "Cossack." Anyone with knowledge of eastern European history can attest to how imposing the Cossacks could be. With that in mind, it's Joshua who is at least the more physically imposing of the two fighters. Unless Usyk shows some pop that's been missing in his previous two heavyweight fights, it's Joshua who will be the more physically powerful of the two as they enter the ring in England on Saturday. Not that Usyk minds. Heck, the man's even willing to admit Joshua is the far more popular fighter. "Even old ladies of our country know him," the former undisputed cruiserweight king tells iFL TV. "I'm not superstar." What Usyk is in the leadup to Saturday's fight, however, is enigmatic - perhaps by design. "All life," he says at one point, "it's game." Usyk's life has been a rather successfully played game - at least up until this point. An undefeated fighter with a remarkable skill set, Usyk is nonetheless the underdog entering this weekend's match As a cruiserweight, the Ukrainian was known to be the source of a torrent of movement of punches. He frankly hasn't brought the same style to heavyweight - at least not yet. Asked if he would have preferred waiting a few more fights before facing multititlist Joshua, Usyk appears at ease. "Everything comes from the Lord," he says, "so I'm happy with what I have." Usyk is even enough at ease to weigh in on Tuesday's wild Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant press conference. "I don't like it," he says of the fighters throwing down before the assembled media. With that in mind, Usyk clearly wants to keep his sights on Joshua. Holding the IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles, Joshua is known to be among the top three fighters in the division, alongside Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. In fact, Fury has made it clear he wants Joshua to win on Saturday so that he can have a superfight with Joshua down the road. Usyk's job this weekend is to essentially upset the apple cart. Whether or not the man can pull it off remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however: Joshua-Usyk is an intriguing matchup. Each man is going for broke this Saturday, which is what makes the matchup so fascinating. The post Oleksandr Usyk Taps Into His Inner Cossack appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Oleksandr Usyk Taps Into His Inner Cossack

By: Sean Crose

"Ukrainian Warrior," heavyweight contender Oleksandr Usyk says of his new look -shaved head and fork shaped moustache - ahead of this weekend's title about against Anthony Joshua, "Cossack." Anyone with knowledge of eastern European history can attest to how imposing the Cossacks could be. With that in mind, it's Joshua who is at least the more physically imposing of the two fighters. Unless Usyk shows some pop that's been missing in his previous two heavyweight fights, it's Joshua who will be the more physically powerful of the two as they enter the ring in England on Saturday.

Not that Usyk minds. Heck, the man's even willing to admit Joshua is the far more popular fighter. "Even old ladies of our country know him," the former undisputed cruiserweight king tells iFL TV. "I'm not superstar." What Usyk is in the leadup to Saturday's fight, however, is enigmatic - perhaps by design. "All life," he says at one point, "it's game." Usyk's life has been a rather successfully played game - at least up until this point. An undefeated fighter with a remarkable skill set, Usyk is nonetheless the underdog entering this weekend's match

As a cruiserweight, the Ukrainian was known to be the source of a torrent of movement of punches. He frankly hasn't brought the same style to heavyweight - at least not yet. Asked if he would have preferred waiting a few more fights before facing multititlist Joshua, Usyk appears at ease. "Everything comes from the Lord," he says, "so I'm happy with what I have." Usyk is even enough at ease to weigh in on Tuesday's wild Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant press conference. "I don't like it," he says of the fighters throwing down before the assembled media. With that in mind, Usyk clearly wants to keep his sights on Joshua.

Holding the IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles, Joshua is known to be among the top three fighters in the division, alongside Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. In fact, Fury has made it clear he wants Joshua to win on Saturday so that he can have a superfight with Joshua down the road. Usyk's job this weekend is to essentially upset the apple cart. Whether or not the man can pull it off remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however: Joshua-Usyk is an intriguing matchup. Each man is going for broke this Saturday, which is what makes the matchup so fascinating.

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By: Hans Themistode After watching an older former boxing legend in Evander Holyfield suffer a brutal knockout defeat at the hands of Vitor Belfort, there was public outcry surrounding Riddick Bowe’s return to the ring. The 54-year-old former heavyweight champion was set to end his 13 year retirement on October 2nd, in a celebrity boxing match against 41-year-old former NBA star, Lamar Odom. However, after careful consideration, Bowe has been yanked from the card. Although Bowe will no longer take part in the event from a boxing participant standpoint, he’ll still play a key role in promoting the show. “This is entertainment,” said Damon Feldman, CEO of Celebrity Boxing during a recent interview. “I’m trying to put on a show. I’m not trying to get anyone’s head knocked off.” Public outcries to have Bowe removed from the card began once Holyfield succumbed to a first-round stoppage defeat just a few short weeks ago. While he appeared to be in terrific shape, Holyfield simply wasn’t the same Hall of Fame fighter many had grown accustomed to seeing over the course of his career. Holyfield’s unfortunate demise, coupled with recent workout footage of Bowe, forced Feldman to reconsider the main event on the night. While Bowe will no longer enter the ring, Odom is still expected to remain on the card. Currently, a replacement opponent is now being sought after. Following a decade and a half playing career in the NBA, Odom is now trying his hand at boxing. After months of working on his craft, Odom stepped into the ring to take on singer/celebrity Aaron Carter in an exhibition contest. With the former ballplayer holding a ten-inch reach advantage, he had little to no trouble dealing with his man on the night, scoring the first-round stoppage win. Also making an appearance on Odom’s upcoming card will be social media star Corey B, as he looks to put his long-standing feud with former two-division boxing champion, Paulie Malignaggi, to rest. The post Riddick Bowe Yanked From Lamar Odom Showdown appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Riddick Bowe Yanked From Lamar Odom Showdown

By: Hans Themistode

After watching an older former boxing legend in Evander Holyfield suffer a brutal knockout defeat at the hands of Vitor Belfort, there was public outcry surrounding Riddick Bowe’s return to the ring. The 54-year-old former heavyweight champion was set to end his 13 year retirement on October 2nd, in a celebrity boxing match against 41-year-old former NBA star, Lamar Odom. However, after careful consideration, Bowe has been yanked from the card.

Although Bowe will no longer take part in the event from a boxing participant standpoint, he’ll still play a key role in promoting the show.

“This is entertainment,” said Damon Feldman, CEO of Celebrity Boxing during a recent interview. “I’m trying to put on a show. I’m not trying to get anyone’s head knocked off.”

Public outcries to have Bowe removed from the card began once Holyfield succumbed to a first-round stoppage defeat just a few short weeks ago. While he appeared to be in terrific shape, Holyfield simply wasn’t the same Hall of Fame fighter many had grown accustomed to seeing over the course of his career.

Holyfield’s unfortunate demise, coupled with recent workout footage of Bowe, forced Feldman to reconsider the main event on the night. While Bowe will no longer enter the ring, Odom is still expected to remain on the card. Currently, a replacement opponent is now being sought after.

Following a decade and a half playing career in the NBA, Odom is now trying his hand at boxing. After months of working on his craft, Odom stepped into the ring to take on singer/celebrity Aaron Carter in an exhibition contest. With the former ballplayer holding a ten-inch reach advantage, he had little to no trouble dealing with his man on the night, scoring the first-round stoppage win.

Also making an appearance on Odom’s upcoming card will be social media star Corey B, as he looks to put his long-standing feud with former two-division boxing champion, Paulie Malignaggi, to rest.

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