Oleksandr Usyk Says War In Ukraine Doesn’t Motivate Him: ‘It’s Horrible’
Just a few months ago, IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) returned home to Ukraine.
The aim of the 35-year-old was to help the local military in resisting the ongoing invasion by Russia.
He was given an exemption from military duty as he held sessions on his own to prepare for the battle against Anthony Joshua.
Last September, the Ukrainian completely outplayed the Britisher to secure the unified heavyweight championship at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, he has denied that he is motivated by the ongoing developments in his country.
“My friends and people close to me have died in the war. When so many people are suffering I don’t have any idea how it can influence anything positively. I was there for one month and I saw with my own eyes what happened there. The rockets are flying and fighter jets flying. It’s horrible,” Usyk said.
Joshua, who has activated his rematch clause to get a second round against the Ukrainian, showed lots of love for the country.
The Britisher also mentioned the likes of Klitschko brothers, who are also playing their role in resisting the invasion done on the orders of the Russian President.
“Big up to Usyk, the Klitschko brothers, everyone in Ukraine. I know it’s been tough, but tough times don’t last. Keep your heads up. The world’s watching, the world’s in support. Anyone that’s going through tough times we’re always with them so especially the Ukrainian people right now,” Joshua said.