Undisputed Glory Within Reach
Oleksandr Usyk, the undefeated Ukrainian boxer, is on the verge of making history as he prepares to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in over 25 years. Usyk is set to face off against Tyson Fury, the current owner of the WBC title, in a highly-anticipated clash.
Retirement on the Horizon
Despite his impending historic bout, Usyk has no plans to continue fighting for much longer. The 36-year-old has made it clear that he does not wish to follow in the footsteps of boxing legends who fought well into their 40s.
Health Concerns Loom
Usyk's promoter, Alexander Krassuyk, expressed concerns about the boxer's health. While Usyk still has three years left at his best, his promoter admitted that the potential health issues could be a problem. However, if Usyk's body remains ready for the fight, retirement may not be on the horizon.
The Challenge of Retirement
According to Krassuyk, Usyk, who has never experienced retirement, finds it difficult to imagine life after boxing. Retirement poses challenges for fighters who have dedicated their lives to the sport.
Fight Date and Festive Temptations
The long-awaited showdown between Usyk and Fury will take place in Saudi Arabia on February 17. Both fighters will have to resist the temptations of indulging in holiday feasts and festivities during their training period. Fury, in particular, expressed disappointment about the timing of the fight, as it will affect his Christmas celebrations.
Keeping in Shape for the Fight
Fury, who initially hoped for a later fight date, acknowledged that the February bout will help him stay in shape over the festive season. While he will still enjoy Christmas with his family, he will have to forgo his traditional boozer visit with friend Joe Parker, who will be celebrating his win on the 23rd while Fury remains in camp.