Ukrainian Boxer Offers Words of Wisdom to Rival He Just Defeated

Oleksandr Usyk in the ring during fight for WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title

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Defeat is hard on any athlete, regardless of their sport. That's why the best words of encouragement come from those who have gone through similar experiences. Recently, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk received attention for the words of wisdom he shared with opponent Daniel Dubois, who he had just defeated in the ring.

The fight took place in Poland in August 2023. While initially Dubois landed a toppling blow on Usyk, the Ukranian boxer later recovered and defeated Dubois with a KO. Saddened by the turn of events—especially given how he connected a punch that had sent his rival to the floor earlier in the match—Dubois even said he was robbed out of his victory. Usyk had sympathy for his opponent's feelings and knew what he had to do.

After the fight ended, Usyk took a moment to comfort the distressed Dubois. “It's not bad. It's boxing. It's not ballet. It's not dancing. Daniel, you [are] young,” said Usyk while attentively looking into Dubois' eyes. “You can, you can dream. Man, dude, relax. Man, it's boxing, it's a tough sport,” he consoles. While this encounter would be inspiring to see in any sport, it's especially heartwarming in the world of boxing, where bad-mouthing and flexing are part of the show.

So far, things seem to have turned around for Dubois, as he recently celebrated a win over American boxer Jarrell Miller and successfully quelled any doubts about his position in the heavyweight division. As for Usyk—he'll soon be facing Tyson Fury in what is being called the “biggest heavyweight fight” in recent years. You can watch that exciting match up on February 17, 2024.

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk has received attention for the words of wisdom he shared with opponent Daniel Dubois, who he had just defeated in the ring.

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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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