After Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua last September, depriving him of three world heavyweight titles, the former champion has launched a clause guaranteeing him the right to a rematch. The first information was that it would be held in February, so that with every further statement Eddie Hearn, who was the organizer of the first and will be the second match, would move the date.
The last statement of the match is in May or June. Nevertheless, we believe that the situation in Ukraine will be the most important in this regard. Especially since Usyk is right there right now, ready to help in any way he needs to, including taking up arms.
CNN managed to reach Usyk, where he revealed his current condition and what he is thinking about at the moment. That is, he was asked whether he would also become militarily active in the defense of his homeland. "If they want to take my life or the lives of my loved ones, I'll be forced to.
But I don't want to. I don't want to shoot, I don't want to kill anyone." "But if someone tries to kill me, I'll be forced to, I won't have any choice, "Usyk said, adding that the Russian people are not guilty of anything: "The Russians don't know what's really going on here.
They don't see it. They're victims of their President Vladimir Putin."
Usyk on the war
Although it was clear that this was not on his mind at the moment, he was asked when we could see him in the ring again, and the answer was expected.
"I really don't know when that could happen. My homeland and my pride are much more important to me than the boxing champion's belt," said the emotionally showered champion. " I’m addressing this to the President Vladimir Putin.
You can stop this war. Please just sit down and negotiate it with us without claims. “Our kids, wives, grannies are hiding in the basements… We are here in our own country, we cannot do it other way – we are defending… Stop it!
Stop this war”. We all really hope that this madness will end as soon as possible, even though huge damage has already been done, which will be difficult to overcome in the coming years. World peace has not been so threatened for a long time, and we can only hope that those in leadership positions will make the right decisions at the right time and that soon we will all feel safe again as before.