WATCH: Newly Crowned Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk Receives Hero’s Welcome in Ukraine

Published 09/28/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk celebrates winning his fight against Anthony Joshua Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Oleksandr Usyk got crowned the heavyweight champion of the world last Saturday. The Ukrainian sensation traveled back home to spend time with his wife and kids after his biggest fight.

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Usyk received a hero’s welcome when he returned home to Ukraine. Fans and media persons alike lined up to greet the country’s new national treasure. The newly crowned heavyweight champion loved all the attention, and he greeted all his fans and the media.

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Oleksandr ‘The Cat’ Usyk went into the fight as an underdog but surprised everyone as he put on the performance of his life. In just his third fight at heavyweight, Usyk demonstrated his class as he outboxed his younger opponent.

Usyk took on a two-time world champion in front of a fevered crowd of nearly 70,000 and performed admirably against an opponent who had a height and reach advantage over him.

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

Following the biggest fight of his career, Usyk wants to live a simple life for a while. “It is the biggest fight in my career, but it wasn’t the hardest one. That is ahead of us,” Usyk said. “I want to take my kids to school, I want to plant trees, I want to water apple trees, I want to see my wife more often.”

Usyk’s next fight will be a rematch against Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua. And despite his fearsome reputation as a road fighter, Usyk looks to set the rematch in Kyiv.

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Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II

Anthony Joshua will trigger the rematch clause, which was a part of the contract signed for the first fight. Usyk will have no option but to agree and fight Joshua again, sometime next year. The winner of the rematch will then look to fight the winner of the Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury vs Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder for the title of the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

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The rematch promises to be an exciting fight. Joshua will look to win his titles back for the second time in three years. Usyk, on the other hand, will want to prove that his win against Joshua was not a fluke as he looks to establish himself as a heavyweight champion. Who do you think will win the rematch?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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