Oleksandr Usyk fires a missile while visiting Ukrainian soldiers fighting against a Russian invasion… The unified heavyweight champ is still waiting to announce his next fight after talks with Tyson Fury broke down
- Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk visited Ukrainian soldiers this week
- During his visit, Usyk launched a rocket from a launch pad into the sky
- The 36-year-old is still waiting for the announcement of his next boxing match
Oleksandr Usyk was filmed firing a missile during his recent visit to meet Ukrainian soldiers fighting against the Russian invasion.
Russia began its all-out invasion of Ukraine last February, and Usyk enlisted in the Territorial Defense in Kiev shortly thereafter in an effort to protect his country.
He then left his home country to train for his rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August, a fight he won via split decision to retain his heavyweight titles.
Usyk has since returned to Ukraine, and earlier this week went to visit some of the nation’s soldiers.
During his flight, he was photographed carrying a rocket, which he then placed on the launch pad before launching into the air.
Oleksandr Usyk was photographed carrying a missile when he met Ukrainian soldiers earlier this week
Usyk continued to launch the rocket into the air, comically giving a howl as he did
The 36-year-old has become a fan favorite thanks to his quirky sense of humour, letting out a comical whoop that left those around him laughing as he launched the missile.
Usyk has shown his support for his country’s forces over the past 14 months, but boxing fans will also want to see him back in the ring soon.
The second-tier world champion has not fought since his victory over Joshua over eight months earlier, and his next bout has yet to be announced.
It looked set to take on Tyson Fury in an undisputed showdown, but the Ukrainian team walked away from negotiations after becoming frustrated with the demands of the Roma King.
Usyk has not fought since defeating Anthony Joshua in a rematch in Saudi Arabia last August
He seemed set to take on Tyson Fury, but talks between the two fighters’ teams broke down
Usyk may now face another Briton as the mandatory challenger for his WBA belt in Daniel Dubois.
His promoter revealed that the fight could take place in Poland this summer, but the date has yet to be confirmed.
There was also speculation that Usyk might finally face year-end rage over a massive bill in Saudi Arabia that would see Joshua and Deontay Wilder meet on the same night.
Fury denied having any talks, though, suggesting that it might still be a while before fans see the two men make out in the ring with each other.