On Friday 13th in a peculiar atmosphere in London Oleksandr Usyk suddenly appeared unannounced wearing a mask under a Fedora hat, sweeping to the front of the stage while saying absolutely nothing and looking like the Phantom of the Opera.
Part of the threat that Oleksandr Usyk carries is his mystique – he possesses a rare aura in person for, he can grip the attention of an entire room for his press conference alongside Derek Chisora without even speaking the language.
His first face to face with his upcoming opponent for May 23, they paid as little attention to each other as possible until Usyk broke the awkwardness with a selfie. Ten weeks out this was about sizing each other up for the first time, more angsry meetings will come.
Usyk’s face was covered by a mask when he arrived at the airport and remained so when he arrived on Friday 13th – his defence, as usual, impregnable even to the coronavirus.