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Oleksandr Usyk had to be rescued after fainting while attempting to hold his breath underwater

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Unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk once fainted during an extreme training exercise during his time as an amateur fighter.

Ahead of his triumph in the rematch with Anthony Joshua last month, Usyk's trainer, Egis Klimas, credited the former undisputed cruiserweight king's incredible in-ring cardio to his many hours spent in the swimming pool, even boasting that the Ukranian can hold his breath for four minutes and forty seconds under water.

Using the pool as a training tool is not new to Usyk, however. The 35-year-old regularly utilised swimming training as a method to help develop his endurance during his time with the Ukrainian national amateur boxing team as a youth.

Oleksandr Usyk detailed a horrifying experience that saw him nearly drown as a youth The Ukrainian fainted while attempting to hold his breath underwater in training Speaking on his USYK 17 YouTube channel, the Ukrainian recalled a particularly harrowing experience where his teammates had to jump in the pool to rescue him after he had fainted underwater. 'You're swimming and suddenly you feel such a pain in your knee and you think you can't go, you just can't continue.

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