Usyk has previously spent time training at Garcia’s boxing gym in Oxnard. The Ukrainian outpointed Joshua to win his heavyweight belts when they fought last September, as their rematch will likely take place in August.
A former undisputed cruiserweight champion, Usyk has an intimidating appearance but has been labelled a “sweetheart” by Garcia. The trainer admitted it’s easy to be intimated by Usyk’s “serial killer” looks but the Ukrainian is a great person once you get to know him.
“When you meet Usyk, he’s scary. He looks like a serial killer,” Garcia told Little Giant Boxing. “But once you [speak] with him, f*** Usyk is a great person. He’s a sweetheart. He’s a kid, you’re meeting a kid. He plays and jokes around, he’s a great person.”