Watch Oleksandr Usyk trains in freezing snow while being blasted by steam as he prepares for Anthony Joshua rematch

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Watch Oleksandr Usyk trains in freezing snow while being blasted by steam as he prepares for Anthony Joshua rematch

OLEKSANDR USYK channelizes his inner Rocky by shadow boxing in the snow.

The Unified Heavyweight Champion is currently preparing for his rematch with Anthony Joshua in his homeland Ukraine.

Oleksandr Usyk is preparing for a spring rematch with Oleksandr Usyk

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Oleksandr Usyk is preparing for a spring rematch with Oleksandr Usykcredit: AFP
And the Ukrainians are preparing for their rematch by shadowboxing in the snow.

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And the Ukrainians are preparing for their rematch by shadowboxing in the snow.
The Unified Heavyweight Champion wore a thick jacket to withstand the snow

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The Unified Heavyweight Champion wore a thick jacket to withstand the snowcredit: INSTAGRAM@USYKAA

But he took some time out of his reign in the shadowbox in the scorching cold on a snow-capped hill.

Usyk shared footage of himself throwing the combination in a thick jacket as a fan blew a snow storm in his face.

Sleek southpaw Usik ended Joshua’s second reign as unified heavyweight champion with a masterclass at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September.

The pair’s second dance was initially scheduled to take place in late March, but is now being targeted for April.

AJ promoter Eddie Hearn revealed this week: “I think April is realistic for that fight.

“Before you know it, it’s going to be February and a lot of these fights take place.”

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Usyk had hoped to defend his unified title first on home soil, although his second clash with AJ is likely to take place in the UK.

Hearn continued: “For us the preferred date and location for that fight would be the UK, in which case we would have to fight outside, so we’re not really interested in doing that fight in March.

“AJ has been training relatively solidly since the fight.

“Actually if you start your training camp in February, April also gets pretty tight, but it’s the preferred date for fighting and I think it’s realistic.”

Former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyak noticed some strange behavior of Joshua when he was analyzed before his first performance.

He said: “I noticed that he was quite tired after the fight. [in September],

“I noticed that before the first fight with Ruiz, he looked weird. But I don’t see why this happens.

“Maybe it’s for some internal reason. I don’t want to think about the reasons.

Oleksandr Usik is on course to renew his rivalry with Anthony Joshua in April

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Oleksandr Usik is on course to renew his rivalry with Anthony Joshua in Aprilcredit: Mark Aspland

“Hands on the rope, it wasn’t unusual at all; it could have had very different reasons.

“I was more surprised because he was kind of distracted, like he was chewing on the mouthguard.

“So I thought it was weird, but everyone behaves in their own way.”

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