Usyk not interested in Povetkin due to political reasons

Former undisputed world cruiserweight champion – Oleksandr Usyk (16-) said that he’s no longer interested in facing former world heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (34-2) because off political overtones.

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Both boxers are also former Olympic gold medalist for their respective countries – Usyk for Ukraine and Povetkin for Russia.

In the last few years, the relations between the two eastern Europe countries are very tense and the 32-years-old Usyk believes that a potential bout between him and Povetkin will do no good.

“The promoters talked, talked to each other. I really don’t want to box with Alexander because it will be political, not athletic, and there will be mud being slung from both sides. Because of this, I don’t want to fight him,” Usyk stated.

The Ukrainian will be making his heavyweight debut this upcoming fall. His scheduled adversary is France’s Carlos Takam.

Meanwhile, Povetkin is yet to announce his next bout. The Russian last fought Anthony Joshua in September 2018.

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