Anthony Joshua Just Attempted Oleksandr Usyk’s Brutal Swimming Challenge
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
Anthony Joshua may have lost his rematch against the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk last month, but rather than wallowing in defeat, AJ has instead moved his battle with the Ukrainian from the boxing ring to the swimming pool.
Prior to their August bout, Usyk’s trainer, Egis Klimas, revealed some of the incredible feats of endurance his fighter had been putting himself through ahead of the fight.
“When I think about Oleksandr Usyk, I am so proud to represent him,” Klimas said. “I can tell you, I’ve never seen anybody, in 45 degrees heat, ride a bicycle for 100km. I’ve never seen anybody swimming the day before the press conference in London for 10km, in the pool for five hours. I never seen anybody holding his breath underwater for four minutes and 40 seconds, almost passing away, shaking himself.
“When I asked him, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ He said, ‘I know I have a trainer behind me, he’s not going to let me drown, he’s going to pull me out.’”
On Friday night, AJ uploaded the part of Klimas’ speech where he said: “I’ve never seen anybody swimming the day before the press conference in London for 10km, in the pool for five hours.”
He followed it up with an image of a swimming pool and the caption: “You know I love a challenge.”
AJ is yet to reveal whether he successfully matched Usyk’s effort, but however long he lasted it’s all good prep work for a (potential) fight against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.