The new set of non-fungible icons aims to make a significant contribution to a charity supporting Ukrainians after the Russian invasion.
Blockasset says that the issuance of the NFT was organized in collaboration with world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who is himself from Ukraine.
The sale comes ahead of Usyk’s world title defense against Anthony Joshua on August 20.
There are 2,000 one-of-a-kind NFTs of artwork, featuring whimsical designs by world-famous artist Dosbrak – chronicling some key moments from the boxer’s undefeated career.
When the invasion began, Usyk joined the Territorial Defense Battalion in Kiev, but was later given permission to leave the country so that he could prepare for his battle against Joshua.
The Olympic gold medalist hopes this fight will help raise money for Ukraine.
Speaking about the new collection, Usyk said:
“I appreciate the opportunity to associate with Blockasset, who I consider to be the heavyweight champions in sports NFTs. I am a huge fan of Dosbrak’s art, and it has been a pleasure to collaborate on this initiative, which I am sure will raise a huge amount for our organization.”
Bringing the blockchain communities together
The cryptocurrency community has played a huge role in raising money for Ukraine, with the country’s government opening official wallets in an appeal for donations. Finland recently sold 1,800 BTC seized from drug-related crimes as well — giving $47 million to Kiev.
And with the conflict now entering its sixth month, there is no end in sight, as Ukraine urges people around the world not to forget what is happening there.
Blockasset CEO Paul Evans said:
“We are thrilled to be able to help Oleksandr raise money for the Usyk Foundation with our latest drop. We are very confident that by bringing the blockchain community together, we can make a significant contribution.”
On its website, the Usyk Foundation explains that thousands of Ukrainians have been left homeless and unemployed, and many have lost loved ones. Its goal is to “cover the basic needs of people affected by war” – and it says “every hryvnia, dollar and euro will support those who defend our land and freedom on the front and rear lines”.
The pre-sale of these non-fungible tokens began on July 30, with the promise that those who receive the rarest NFT from the mint will also get a number of exclusive physical items — including gloves signed by Usyk himself, and prints signed by Dosbrak.