Unified heavyweight champion of the world Oleksandr Usyk has announced that he has left Ukraine in order to begin a training camp for his rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua.
Usyk,35, spent the last month in his motherland when the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine started. The champion was on vacation in London when the invasion began and Usyk went back to Ukraine volunteraly to join the Ukrainian army.
The champion released a video on his social media profiles saying that he’ll resume trainig for his second fight with the former two-time unified champ.
AJ activatd the rematch clause just a week or so after he got demolished by Usyk in their first fight back in September 2021 in London.
“I’ve decided to start preparing for a rematch with Anthony Joshua,” he said.
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In the 42-second video, the undefeated Ukrainian went into further detail about his reasons behind switching his focus to a rematch with Joshua, revealing the support friends and family have given him in resuming his boxing career.
“That’s how I will help my country more and it’s better than being in territorial defence and running around Kyiv with a machine gun.
“Dear friends, many of my friends and close ones called me and supported me in this. Haters, I wish you well and wish you happiness, joy and peace.
“Everything will be with God’s blessing. Everything will be Ukraine. Wishing everyone well.”