Oleksandr Usyk reveals former opponents Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora reached out about how to help Ukraine after Russian invasion

Oleksandr Usyk has received tremendous support for joining the fight against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including from two former adversaries.

Since beating Anthony Joshua by split decision in rematch to defend his unified world heavyweight titles, Usyk has returned to his home country of Ukraine.

Usyk returned to Ukraine nine days after beating Joshua for the second time

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Usyk returned to Ukraine nine days after beating Joshua for the second time

Before the fight, Usyk had fought against the Russian invasion along with his countrymen after joining the local territorial defense force in Kiev.

After leaving Ukraine to begin rematch training with Joshua, Usyk revealed some of the horrific details of the war. He said: “Some of my friends have disappeared and we don’t know where they are now.

“Many of my relatives have lost their homes, they have lost their friends and loved ones.

“Frankly, everything that is happening now is pretty awful in Ukraine.

“Compared to war, boxing is child’s play.”

Usyk also revealed in an interview with profiboxing.cz that his own home had been hit by gunshots. He said: “I know they shot our house.

“[They] smashed the gate, dragged some of our neighbors away.


Usyk was photographed with a pistol on his way back to help defend Ukraine

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Usyk was photographed with a pistol on his way back to help defend Ukraine

Under these circumstances, Ukraine can use all the help they can get and two men who were willing to offer their services in any way possible were Usyk’s former opponents, Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora.

“Virtually all the guys I talk to are interested in how things are going in the country, how I’m doing,” Usyk said at a recent press conference in Kiev.

“When it all started, many people: Tony Bellew wrote and Derek Chisora.

“That is, many of the athletes and boxers that I have boxed with or not boxed with, have asked.

“They supported and mostly asked how they could help Ukraine and me personally.”

Usyk flattened Bellew with one punch when they met in 2018

Usyk flattened Bellew with one punch when they met in 2018

And then he beat Chisora ​​two years later, but now both men have offered their support to Usyk

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And then he beat Chisora ​​two years later, but now both men have offered their support to Usyk

In terms of Usyk’s next move, the Ukrainian has made it very clear that he wants the WBC world title, currently held by Tyson Fury, to become the undisputed heavyweight world champion.

That said, Usyk also admitted that he doesn’t want to fight in December, as he has some minor injuries to recover from and wants to spend some time with his family.

There is also the financial hurdle to overcome, as Fury demands no less than a £ 500 million dime to return to the ring.

Alternatively, Usyk admitted he would also be open to a trilogy bout with Joshua. He said, “If Fury flies away, then maybe we’ll agree on a third fight with Joshua.”

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