Courageous boxer returns to Ukraine war zone

World heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has bravely returned to his Ukrainian homeland and posted an Instagram video calling for an end to the war.

Usyk defeated the ‘British’ boxer Anthony Joshua (who is in fact three-quarters Nigerian and one-quarter Irish) in a sensational bout at London’s Tottenham Hotspur stadium last September.

He was in negotiations for a rematch that would earn him a fortune, and could easily have stayed safely in London, but chose to return to be with his people in their hour of crisis.

Whatever their views on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, no doubt H&D readers will be united in hoping that he remains safe, and that a European rather than an African remains world heavyweight champion!

Update: Ukraine’s two other most famous boxers – Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko – have pledged themselves to the Ukrainian war effort. The Klitschko brothers are explicitly Ukrainian nationalists, unlike Usyk who has a Russian wife and has tried to maintain a more neutral political stance despite being essentially a Ukrainian patriot.

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