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Oleksandr Usyk says his look was inspired by The Joker at Anthony Joshua face-off

Oleksandr Usyk arrived dressed as The Joker but insists he is not the villain this weekend.

The Ukrainian is instead inspired by his homeland’s Cossack soldiers, which explained yesterday’s frightening appearance at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker has worn the exact same suit as Usyk. Usyk is wearing a similar shaven head to Joaquin Phoenix and sporting a silver earring that resembles his horse-back riding East Slavic Christian ancestors.

“The suit is inspired by The Joker but he is not a positive hero,” Usyk was born in Shypyntsi.

“I am a positive hero.

“My look, the hair, moustache, earring is all inspired by my ancestors who were 17th century Cossack warriors.

Anthony Joshua greets Oleksandr Usyk during the Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Press Conference at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 23, 2021 in London, England
Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua faced off ahead of their bout on Saturday night

“My surname Usyk means ‘moustache’ in Ukraine.

“My Cossack ancestors, their name was ‘Uss’

“I used to do the Cossack dance after some of my amateur wins, I might do it again if I win on Saturday.

“I am a very unpredictable guy.

“I have this look for this fight because it is coming from my heart.”

Oleksandr Usyk at a press conference
Oleksandr Usyk sported a Joker inspired look at the press conference and face-off

Usyk spent most of the press conference yesterday doing maths puzzles set to him by his team as he looked completely unmoved by Joshua warning him that he should fear getting in the ring this weekend.

He is a quirky character that is different from the rest of his fighters, including his Ukrainian counterparts Vasiliy Lombenko and the Klitschko siblings.

“After I finished school, I wanted to go to the theatre/arts university.

“But I was already boxing, I won the junior Ukraine championships and I realised it might be a step to somewhere for me, so I decided to enter a physical education institute.

“But I like theatre, I write poems, I learnt to play the guitar, I like different things.”

Oleksandr Usyk will take on Anthony Joshua with a shaved head in north London this weekend
Oleksandr Usyk also sported an eccentric moustache at the press conference

Usyk ruled supreme at cruiserweight but he will give away three inches in height and potentially up to two stone in weight tomorrow night.

He wants to be like David Haye and Evander Holyfield, who won titles in both divisions.

The Ukrainian added: “Will I be my heaviest? Do you take into consideration my street fights? You will have to wait for the weigh-in.

“People always talk what they would like to happen, they say what they want, so if people say Anthony is stronger than me and I am weaker, that is what they want to believe.”

Oleksandr Usyk says his look was inspired by The Joker at Anthony Joshua face-off
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