Oleksandr Usyk Shares Critical Life Lesson From Andy Ruiz Jr.

Published 10/28/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Oleksandr Usyk and Andy Ruiz Jr. are the only two men to have vanquished Anthony Joshua in a professional boxing scrap. They claimed their respective wins as the underdogs and in pretty different ways. Ruiz Jr. stopped Joshua with thunderous blows during their first fight in 2019. Meanwhile, Oleksandr Usyk outboxed ‘AJ’ to claim a decision win on September 25.

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The contrast between Usyk’s and Ruiz Jr’s performances prevailed even after the results of the fight. While Ruiz Jr was overjoyed as he became the first-ever heavyweight world champion from his country, Usyk seemed calm and composed after grabbing the heavyweight straps from Joshua.

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In interaction with DailyMail.co.uk, Oleksandr Usyk revealed how he would enjoy his triumph. ‘The Cat’ said, “I’m not going to celebrate it like Andy Ruiz Jr did!” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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Ruiz Jr’s win and loss against AJ became a sample for several people. ‘The Destroyer’ seemed overconfident after his win over AJ and partied hard. However, it cost him a loss in the immediate re-match. Joshua outboxed his opponent six months later and snatched away the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO belts.

Usyk doesn’t want to see a similar fate and has reportedly hit the gym. Hence, he isn’t resting on his laurels. Meanwhile, Joshua, too, has begun visiting gyms in America.

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Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 can be even bigger and better

As Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are now aware of each other’s quality, the rematch can be extremely entertaining. Anthony Joshua has vowed to knock out ‘The Cat’. Meanwhile, Usyk shall have to prove that his win against AJ wasn’t a fluke. As they have already started working towards their goals, the rematch can be bigger and better.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

The winner of the rematch can finally aim towards a four-belt unification bout. Thus, both the heavyweight boxers will have a lot on the line. For Joshua, another defeat can take him out of the current title race. So, it may intrigue him to stop Usyk, citing an interesting fight for the fans.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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