TWINKLE-TOED Olexsandr Usyk is taking a jive before his long-awaited heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon.
The cruiserweight king, who is also taking a quickstep to riches with his move to boxing's glamour division, warms up in the gym with the hopak, a Ukrainian traditional dance.
4 Ukrainian Olexsandr Usyk gets in the mood for his heavyweight debut
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Usyk spurns more macho routines in favour of graceful moves, looking almost balletic as he limbers up his whole body.
The 32-year-old faces experienced American Chazz Witherspoon in Chicago on Saturday after 16 dominant wins from 16 fights in the lower, 200lbs category.
And Usyk is already thinking far beyond Chazz, whose second cousin is ex-world champ Tim Witherspoon
Asked by iFL TV if he wants to take on the heavyweight elite of Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, Usyk said: “Of course I want to fight them.
“But right now, at this point, the most I want to fight is Wilder.
“Because he has the green belt and green is my most important colour.”
American Wilder has previously dismissed Usyk as "too small".
But London 2012 Olympic king, nicknamed the Cat, can give it large when it comes to his colourful background.
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After dabbling with karate and being a top prospect for then-Ukrainian top-flight side SC Tavriya Simferopol until he was 15, Usyk switched to boxing as it was cheaper for his parents.
He sold fruit and ice creams on the streets and grazed cattle on a farm before fame and focus came from boxing.
And now finally he is hot to foxtrot in the top division.
With the hopak still part of Usyk's build-up, K2 Promotions director Alexander Krassyuk told Boxing Monthly: “Dancing is his lifestyle.
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“Everything in his life is done with inspiration, a positive spirit and flexibility.
“He always tries to charge people with love for God and for each other. Dancing is the way he expresses love.”
Come Saturday night, Usyk can Chazz 'n Rave it up if he beats Witherspoon.