World heavyweight champion Usyk has no fear of entering Kyiv

WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles - Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK - September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk celebrates winning his fight with Anthony Joshua Photo by Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

WBA, IBF & WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk celebrated his victory against Anthony Joshua Action last year. (Reuters)

At the time of Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk Anthony Joshua won the world heavyweight title on a summer evening in London last year, which he didn’t know was six months after he won. fighting for the future of his people.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week came when Usyk was in London on a public visit. Unable to fly directly to his home in Kyiv, he flew to Warsaw and traveled 500 miles to the Ukrainian capital to reunite with his family.

In an interview with CNN from his humble home on Wednesday, the father of three Usyk confirmed he had joined the city’s defense force and was ready to fight.

“Maybe the idea will sound,” he said in a CNN interview through director and translator Egis Klimas.

“But my soul belongs to the Lord and to my body and to my honor to my country, to my family. So there is no fear, no fear at all. There is only a mystery – how is this in the 21st century?

“I don’t know when I will return to the ring. My country and my dignity are more important to me than a competitive belt. “

After Russia launched what President Vladimir Putin described as a “special military operation” last week, Usyk posted a post on Instagram asking Putin to end the crackdown. fight.

Now the same messages have fallen on deaf ears and the world of sports has joined in condemning Russia’s actions.

Usyk said ordinary Russians had been deceived.

“The Russians don’t really understand what’s going on here,” he said. “They don’t know what’s going on. They’re the people of their President (Vladimir Putin).”

The 35 -year -old, who holds the IBF, WBO and IBO belts, described living under pressure, saying that boxing training has helped him stay calm. and trying to lighten the mood with a laugh helps her children.

“It helped me stay calm and ready to think,” she says. “And it helps me to help other people who are nervous and anxious.

“When we get an air arrival signal, we hide. Of course, most of us have fun here – we have fun. But we force ourselves to have fun.

Wladimir Klitschko, Ukraine’s top world champion, who is now Kyiv’s prime minister, has vowed to take up arms against Russian forces.

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