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Oleksandr Usyk prepares to play for professional soccer team ahead of rematch with Anthony Joshua

OLEKSANDR USYK will play in a friendly football match on Thursday as negotiations buzz about a rematch with Anthony Joshua.

The 35 years old will line up for Ukraine’s second-place team FC Polissya this weekend as the team begins a winter training camp.

Usyk is training with Ukraine's second tier team FC Polissya

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Usyk is training with Ukraine’s second tier team FC PolissyaCredit: INSTAGRAM
Usyk gets in shape by jumping in the air for some headlines

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Usyk gets in shape by jumping in the air for some headlinesCredit: INSTAGRAM
And he played a practice match before the friendly on Thursday

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And he played a practice match before the friendly on ThursdayCredit: INSTAGRAM

And the unified world heavyweight champion worked with the rest of the team as he honed his soccer skills.

Usyk can be seen getting ready in the dressing room, diving and taking part in a practice match.

The downtime comes just days after an undisputed potential clash with Tyson Fury seems to fall.

Ongoing talks between Usyk and AngerTheir camp on the possibility of both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte stepped aside to allow the pair to meet for all belts.

But nothing was agreed and pocket tenders were conducted for Fury’s mandatory defense against Whyte.

The promoter for King Gypsy Frank Warren won the bid and is now hoping for a fight in April.

After Fury and Usyk’s talk broke down, Whyte and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn accusation WBC champion knocks out Ukrainians.

I said iFL TV: “The reality of the situation is; we are willing to see a permanent deal with a plan for AJ.

“But we’re not even at that stage. Tyson Fury had a chance to discuss – Fury doesn’t want to fight Usyk, in my opinion.

“Because he had the opportunity to do it through these discussions and really, when it came down, he really didn’t want to.

“What Fury wants to do is have a little bit of ease in March, that’s what he really wants to do.

“Now, he will have to fight Dillian Whyte, and by the way, after all this fight, he will be defeated by Dillian Whyte, he will be eliminated by Dillian Whyte.”

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The story of the tape before Usyk's rematch with Joshua

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The story of the tape before Usyk’s rematch with Joshua

Meanwhile, the simple choice for Usyk at the moment is said to be a rematch with Joshua in the first half of 2022.

Usyk beat Brit by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September.

And if the undisputed former cruiser champion can beat AJ again, he will face the winner of Fury vs Whyte before the end of the year.

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Huynh Nguyen

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