Ukrainian boxers Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko have been friends since childhood. They grew up dreaming of fighting their way to fame and glory and becoming the best boxers in the world in their divisions.
Between them, Usyk, 35, and Lomachenko, 34, won three Olympic gold medals and have since established themselves among the world’s elite boxers with Usyk demolishing Anthony Joshua in front of a packed-out Wembley Stadium in October 2021.
Now, the Heavyweight Champion says that his soul belongs to God and that his body and pride belong to Ukraine, to which he says he’s going to fight for his country no matter what by announcing that he’s joined the Ukrainian defense battalion.
Usyk is due to fight Joshua is a much anticipated rematch in either May or early June, but that’s now looking highly unlikely with Usyk declaring that his pride means more to him than any belt.
It remains to be seen what will happen over the coming months, but as it stands, Usyk isn’t training and has no intention of fighting if things remain as they are.
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