Oleksandr Usyk wins on his professional football debut but misses a glorious chance to score within the first ten seconds of Ukrainian second division side FC Polissya Zhytomyr’s appearance in a friendly


Oleksandr Usyk made his professional football debut for FC Polissya Zhytomyr in a 2-1 victory over NK Veres Rivne on Friday.

The WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight boxing champion replaced Ukraine’s second division team in their winter holiday friendly in Turkey.

Usyk came on and played 20 minutes (including added time)
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Oleksandr Usyk wins on his professional football debut but misses a glorious chance to score within the first ten seconds of Ukrainian second division side FC Polissya Zhytomyr's appearance in a friendly
Polissya’s new number 17 immediately missed a babysitter
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Usyk started the game on the bench but was clearly the center of attention as broadcast cameras caught him often during the first half.

In the 76th minute, his time has come.

Usyk boxed on the touchline to warm up and then entered the fray as a striker wearing the number 17.

Within ten seconds of play resuming after coming on, the heavyweight champion missed a fantastic scoring opportunity.

A teammate cut him off on the right side of the penalty area, but Usyk could only swing one leg at him, missing the ball completely.

Other than that, the 35-year-old put in a solid performance.

Oleksandr Usyk wins on his professional football debut but misses a glorious chance to score within the first ten seconds of Ukrainian second division side FC Polissya Zhytomyr's appearance in a friendly
Usyk’s header pass was quite impressive
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In the 84th minute, Usyk successfully headed the ball towards a team-mate and he then played a part in a nice brace two minutes later.

His main highlight, however, came in injury time, as the ball hit him at the edge of the box after an opposing corner and he moved forward on a daring run.

Naturally, none of Veres’ players wanted to tackle him.

He reached the halfway line and played it to a teammate who was then fouled.

At the final whistle, the score was still the same as when Usyk came on – a 2-1 victory for Polissya.

Oleksandr Usyk wins on his professional football debut but misses a glorious chance to score within the first ten seconds of Ukrainian second division side FC Polissya Zhytomyr's appearance in a friendly
No one wanted to tackle Usyk when he did his drive-thru
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Usyk now looks set to face Anthony Joshua in his next fight, most likely in May.

Talks had been held over a potential deal for him to face Tyson Fury in an undisputed title clash, with Joshua being paid millions to opt out.

However, those negotiations fell apart so it is expected that Usyk vs AJ 2 will come next.

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