Oleksandr Usyk Says Critics Are Focusing Too Much On His Performance Against Derek Chisora


Oleksandr Usyk believes people are focusing too much on how he performed against Derek Chisora last year.

Usyk is set for the biggest fight of his career this Saturday as he faces Anthony Joshua for the  IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles. The fight will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in England and Usyk is confident he has the skills to pull off the upset despite looking lackluster against Chisora.

“I am very grateful to all those that support me and everything else but they expect too much from athletes. Some of them very much do not understand what is happening in the ring, how difficult it is or, in some cases, how easy it is. People just have an image that they think up,” Usyk told The Sun (via BoxingScene). The fact is I boxed Derek for 12 rounds but he is actually a very difficult guy to beat. If you look at his two fights with Tyson Fury then he has gone 22 rounds with him.”

If Usyk can pull off the upset against Joshua on Saturday it would cement himself as an elite heavyweight. He also knows all the hard work he put into boxing would be well worth it as he would be in line for massive fights and massive paydays.

“My first job was helping my mother on a big cow farm,” Usyk revealed. “She had about 50 cows under her command and they all had to be milked and fed and put in their place when the shed needed to be cleaned out. I was there every day after school. I work hard now so that my children never have to worry about helping me at work. They can just go to school and get knowledge and not have to worry about helping me at work.”

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