OLEKSANDR USYK takes on Daniel Dubois this weekend – and his wife Yekaterina will be cheering him on in his corner.
The Ukrainian has his mind set on the highly-anticipated heavyweight clash with British sensation Dubois.
And Usyk will be eager to make his long-term partner proud yet again by defending his titles in Wroclaw, Poland, just down the road from the Ukraine border.
But who is the driving force behind Oleksandr Usyk's success story?
Who is Oleksandr Usyk's wife Yekaterina?
Yekaterina, commonly known as Kateryna has decided to keep her personal life mostly private.
But the celebrity spouse is popular in her birth country of Ukraine.
It has been claimed that Yekaterina had been close to Oleksandr Usyk for several years before becoming Mrs. Uysk in 2009 and she now runs the foundation which belongs to the heavyweight champ.
Kateryna makes rare appearances on social media, but she opened up on her husband's physical state during the Russian war on Ukraine.
Kateryna told PravdaTUT: “Sasha lost 10 kilograms in a week of the war. He was so horrified, in such shock, he was so torn apart."
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Do Oleksandr Usyk and his wife Yekaterina have children together?
The long-term lovebirds have three children together – Kyrylo, Mykhalio and Yelizaveta.
Usyk and his young family had to flee their home in Vorzel, Bucha when the area was overrun by Vladimir Putin's troops.
Sadly, it meant many of Usyk's possessions were burned to the ground and he had to focus on getting his family to safety before heading to the front line.
Usyk said: “My children are asking: 'Daddy, why do they want to kill us?' I don’t know how to answer that.
“My family are not in Ukraine now but a lot of people I know and a lot of my close friends are inside the country.
“I am in touch with them every day, I am asking them for updates.
“I didn’t want to leave the country. I want to live there, still. Straight after the fight I will go back to Ukraine.”
When is Usyk vs Dubois?
- Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois will scrap for the heavyweight titles on Saturday, August 26.
- Ring-walks for the main event are expected to get underway from approximately 11pm BST.
- Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois will be broadcast LIVE on TNT Sports Box Office in the UK.
- The event is priced at £19.95.
- You can live stream the action on the TNT Sports Box Office app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
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