Boxer pays homage to warrior heritage

Oleksandr Usyk takes on Anthony Joshua again tonight for heavyweight glory, but what is the Ukrainian’s new hairstyle all about?

Saturday August 20ethe boxing world will be set on Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua face off for the second time.

Joshua is now looking to become a three-time world champion after losing by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2021; however, he has to cross the excellent Usyk if he wants to taste heavyweight gold again.

Oleksandr Usyk is well known in the boxing community for his hilarious personality and his antics on camera, but it’s the Ukrainian superstar’s haircut that’s trending the world over – so what’s the fuss about? -he ?

What is the significance of Usyk’s unusual haircut?

Oleksandr Usyk’s new hairstyle is called an ‘Oseledets’ (also called ‘Osedelets’) and is a traditional haircut for Cossacks, people of southern and eastern Ukraine as well than parts of Russia, which is part of Usyk’s heritage.

This isn’t the first time the former undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion has sported the Osedelet hairstyle, most notably when he won heavyweight gold at the London Olympics in 2012.

“You should know that the Cossack oseledets haircut and the in-ring hopak is not just part of the image for me, it’s a tribute to our history and our culture.” – Oleksandr Usyk, via The Sun.

The style features a long section of hair on an otherwise completely shaved head, usually growing in the front or center of the head. The term itself translates to “Herring” in English or “Chub”, which means “ridge”.

The haircut originated with the Viking rulers who ruled Kievan Rus in the Middle Ages, with the style later being introduced to communities across Europe. Interestingly, William the Conqueror is depicted in the famous Bayeux Tapestry with a half-shaved haircut resembling the Oseledets.

Usyk hails from Simferopol, Crimean Oblast, with both parents of northern Ukrainian descent; he currently resides in Kyiv with his wife Kateryna and their three children.

He’s also competed with a shaved head before in his professional career after comically losing a game of rock, paper, scissors – see below.

How much did Usyk weigh for AJ rematch?

Oleksandr Usyk weighed in on Friday, August 19e for the rematch at 15th, 11lbs and 10oz.

That’s a marginal difference from the first fight with AJ when he weighed 15th, 11 pounds, 4 ounces.

According to the Sky Sports Boxing live stream, Usyk has already reached the following weights:

  • Against Chisora ​​– 15th, 7 pounds and 4 ounces
  • Against Witherspoon – 15th, 5 pounds
  • Vs. Bellew (Cruiserweight) – 14th, 2lbs and 4oz

On the other side of the ring, Anthony Joshua came in at No. 17, 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

That’s actually a few pounds heavier than his 17th, 2 pounds from the first fight:

  • Against Pulev – 17th, 2 pounds, 13 ounces
  • Against Ruiz 2 – 16th, 13 pounds
  • Against Ruiz 1 – 17th, 9lbs and 12oz

Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua takes place this Saturday, August 20e in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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