Oleksandr Usyk has revealed he plans to become a movie star after retiring from boxing.
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion still has plenty of work to do in boxing before that, starting with his second heavyweight fight against British brawler Derek Chisora this coming weekend.
Usyk will cement his position as the WBO’s mandatory challenger for unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua by beating Chisora in London on Saturday night. A fight between Usyk and Joshua is then likely to take place in 2021.
The 33-year-old has starred in couple of films in his home country of Ukraine. Usyk turned down a role in Creed 2 as he had a fight to prepare for but now says he will commit to a career in film once he retires from boxing – that won’t be anytime soon though.
“I love spending time with my family but I am probably even more relaxed in my training camps,” Usyk said. “As long as I am motivated to get up at 5am to train and work hard, I will box. The moment I feel I don’t want to get out of bed, I will start thinking about finishing my boxing career and starting on my Hollywood movie career.”
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes Usyk carries the star power that makes him a pay-per-view draw, something that could prove useful when the Ukranian transitions to the silver screen.
“Usyk is so fascinating, he is a star, made for movies. The social media numbers around him — even when he is just dancing — are mad.
“But here you have a guy who doesn’t need to — it adds to his mystery around him.”
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