Usyk Announced His Retirement After Match With Fury: "I Already Signed The Contract"

"When I beat Fury, I'm going to play soccer" said Usyk

by Sededin Dedovic
Usyk Announced His Retirement After Match With Fury: "I Already Signed The Contract"
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In the upcoming first quarter of the following year, the global boxing community eagerly anticipates the historic unification clash of heavyweight titans Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury. As discussions among fight enthusiasts swirl regarding potential outcomes, including a rematch or even a trilogy, there looms the possibility that the triumphant pugilist may contemplate retirement, etching an indelible mark on the sport's annals.

Adding fuel to the speculative fire, Usyk himself has stoked curiosity with intriguing post-match plans. In response to inquiries from ESNEWS journalists, the undefeated Ukrainian heavyweight unveiled a surprising revelation about his post-boxing aspirations.

"When I beat Fury, I'm going to play soccer. I signed a contract with Polissia, it's the number 1 soccer team in Ukraine," Usyk declared. While his propensity for clever banter might suggest a touch of jest, the 37-year-old did, in fact, formalize a professional contract this summer with Polissia, a notable first-division soccer team based in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.

Notably, Usyk showcased his soccer prowess in a friendly match with Veres from Rivne, entering the game as a substitute and contributing to the last 15 minutes of play. This tangible commitment to soccer adds an intriguing layer to Usyk's post-boxing narrative.

Considering Usyk's distinctive character and his inclination for witty repartees, the notion of transitioning from the boxing ring to the soccer pitch may appear whimsical but not entirely implausible. Whether this intriguing career shift will materialize immediately following the much-anticipated showdown with Fury remains uncertain, leaving fans on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the unfolding chapters of Usyk's athletic journey.

The prospect of witnessing a heavyweight champion seamlessly pivot from one discipline to another injects an unprecedented element of unpredictability into the narrative, promising a compelling continuation of Usyk's legacy, regardless of the bout's outcome.

Regardless of the outcome of the Ukrainian's match with Tyson Fury, he will surely remain written in golden letters in the history of boxing. One of the greatest ever.