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March 27, 2017

By G. Leon

GL: How is everything going in preparation? What can we expect to see from you on Apri 8? My preparation is going very well, I'm working hard. On April 8 people will see three guys from the Ukraine showing very nice and beautiful boxing, our style of boxing. GL: What do you know about Michael Hunter? What do you think of him as a fighter? I don't think about him much right now. I saw something of him on the net and I saw his bout at the Olympics, that's all I know about him.

GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage coming into this fight?

Oleksandr Usyk: "My preparation. I am training in the same training camp with Lomachenko and that has me very motivated."

GL: When I spoke with Egis Klimas he told me that you weren't happy with your last camp and this had a lot to do with the decision to change coaches. What went wrong in the last training camp? What lead to you changing coaches?

OU: "I don't really want to talk much about it, but for my opinion I was exactly in the same spot as when I started. All of the time we worked together it was the same over and over and nothing new was coming up. I decided I need to grow up and I need to improve and that's why I stopped training with him."

GL: Once you captured the title you captured the title you came to the United States and now you're going into your second straight HBO fight. What are your goals? What are you looking to accomplish while you're here?

OU: "My biggest goal would be to unify all of the titles together and after that move up to heavyweight."

GL: If unification bouts become difficult to make will that impact the timing of when you'll move up?

OU: "No, no no, everything is going to happen. Don't worry about it."

GL: I happen to think that you're the best cruiserweight in the world right now, but I also know there's no such thing as a perfect fighter. With that being said, what part of your game do you feel needs the most improvement?

OU: "I have many things to learn, I have many things to improve on. Some people learn their whole life and I want to learn something new everyday. I want to grow."

GL: What made you want to become a boxer? When did you fall in love with the sport?

OU: "I was 15 years old and I came to the first training and realized that this was exactly what I wanted to do. My father had already passed away, but his words were if I go to boxing I will all right."

GL: Who are some of you favorite boxers to watch?

OU: "Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Mayweather, Lomachenko, Cotto."

GL: Do you have a prediction for April 8?

OU: "I don't have a prediction. I'm just going to go in the ring and do what I love to do and I'm going to have fun."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

OU: "I just want to say a very big thanks to my fans who are following me, watching me and rooting for me. I wish them all the best."

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