Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk joins the regional defense battalion in Ukraine

Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has joined his regional protection battalion in Ukraine because the nation tries to defend itself from Russia’s assault that started on Thursday.

The Olympic gold medalist is the newest boxer to take up arms in Ukraine. Vasily Lomachenko, Usyk’s longtime good friend, additionally joined the regional protection battalion over the weekend.

Corridor of Fame boxer Vitaly Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, stated on Thursday he would take up arms to defend towards the assault. His brother, Corridor of Famer and former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, enlisted within the Ukrainian Reserve Military earlier this month to await the assault.

“If we think about ourselves brothers, Orthodox, don’t ship your youngsters to our nation, and don’t battle with us,” Usyk, ESPN difficulty. 2 heavyweight, wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “I can even deal with this to President Vladimir Putin. You possibly can finish this struggle. Simply sit down and negotiate with us with out demand.

“Our youngsters, our wives, our grandmothers are hiding within the basements. We’re right here in our personal nation, we will not do it some other means. We’re defending. Cease this struggle, cease it. No struggle.”

Former undisputed cruise sequence champion Anthony Joshua unanimously determined in September to win three heavyweight championships. The 35-year-old will meet Joshua in a rematch in Could or June.

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