Via Robert Brizel: In his first new interview since leaving Ukraine to train for his rematch with Anthony Joshua, unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk told Blockasset what he has seen in Ukraine during his time was a soldier on the front lines, and what he knew from friends and relatives was terrible.
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“Some of my friends (in Ukraine) are missing, and we don’t know where they are. Many of my loved ones lost their homes, friends and loved ones. Honestly, all that’s going on right now is pretty horrible in Ukraine. Every day, I pray for this horror (conflict) to end as soon (as quickly as possible). Compared to war, boxing is a child’s game,” Usyk noted.
Regarding the decision to return to coaching and leave Ukraine (with government approval), Usyk explained “Although it was not easy for me, I have (made) such a decision. So now I’m here, and I’ve started preparing for the rematch with Anthony Joshua. Now, I want to focus on my preparation as much as possible.”
However, thoughts of conflict with the Russian Federation, his wife and three children, family and friends are hard for Usyk to set aside, given the extenuating circumstances. “Because, at the moment, I can’t stop thinking about the war (and) about my friends in Ukraine…….and I have to get rid of those thoughts as much as possible (as much as possible to practice) middle and). to prepare well for war with Anthony Joshua, and may once more glorify God and my homeland (Ukraine and its people). ”
Usyk is training for the fight of his life in the UK. It was not just a fight for his heavy titles, but a bloody battle for honor, glory and love of the country. The challenge for Oleksandr Usyk was to maintain focus on moments of subconscious conflict. The whole world wished Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua well preparation for the rematch and prayed for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.