Oleksandr Usyk Gives His Stance On Russia-Ukraine Rift
Oleksandr Usyk isn’t fighting in the ring for now.
He is putting his own life in danger and taking part in the resistance movement against the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian boxer is accompanied by the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, and Vasiliy Lomachenko.
They all are showing immense courage and patriotism as they have not flown away somewhere else but stayed there to fight for their country.
He talked to CNN from a basement somewhere in the city and said, “If they will want to take my life or the lives of my close ones, I will have to do it.”
“But I don’t want that. I don’t want to shoot, I don’t want to kill anybody, but if they will be killing me, I will have no choice.”
The 35-year-old boxer says he has no fear and there is nothing more important than his country.
“Maybe it’ll sound sentimental, but my soul belongs to the Lord and my body and my honor belong to my country, to my family. So there is no fear, absolutely no fear. There’s just bafflement – how could this be in the 21st century?” he asked.
“The bombing around is crazy. They just bombed the city of Mariupol, one of my friends got a rocket in his roof. [The Russians] are not playing games.”
Usyk is targeted for a contractual rematch with former champion Anthony Joshua sometime in the spring.