Unified heavyweight champion of the world Oleksandr Usyk has teamed up with leading sports NFT platform Blockasset to launch an NFT collection in a bid to raise over £1.5 million for the people affected by war in his native Ukraine.
Proceeds from more than 2000 pieces of digital artwork - designed by world-renowned artist Dosbrak - will provide the Ukrainian people in need with humanitarian aid.
Speaking ahead of his upcoming world title rematch against Anthony Joshua, Usyk said, “I appreciate the opportunity to link up with blockasset, who I regard as the Heavyweight Champions of sports NFTs. I’m a big fan of Dosbrak’s art, and it has been a pleasure to collaborate on this initiative, which I am sure will raise a considerable amount for our foundation.”
Speaking exclusively to Blockasset, Usyk touched on his motivation and preparation ahead of his upcoming world title defence, “Compared to war, boxing is child’s play. War is a terrible thing, which I would not wish on my worst enemy. My thoughts, as much as possible, are to be prepared well for the Joshua fight and to be able to glorify again my god Jesus Christ and my native land.”
On behalf of Blockasset, Paul Evans, CEO said, “We’re delighted to be able to help Oleksandr raise funds for the Usyk Foundation through our latest NFT drop. We’re very confident that by bringing blockchain communities together, we can make a substantial contribution”.
A number of rare physical items, such as signed original Dosbrak prints and autographed Oleksandr Usyk gloves will be awarded to holders of the rarest NFTs.
Eluding to the success with Blockasset’s recent Legends and Smesh Bros. drops, Evans continued, “We made history with our previous NFT drops, with Legends setting the record for the highest-grossing sports NFT drop on Solana and Smesh Bros. selling out in record time. Working hand-in-hand with Oleksandr, we will make further history and support the vital work of the Usyk Foundation”.
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