Wladimir Klitschko hopes Oleksandr Usyk will deliver “special messages” to the world when he defends against Anthony Joshua his heavyweight titles in 2022.
Usyk was allowed to leave Ukraine in order to prepare for his fight with Joshua. The Ukrainian national returned to Ukraine last month to defend his beloved homeland from the Russian invasion.
The 35-year old announced last week that Joshua will be his opponent after he defeated the Brit by points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, north London. Usyk now holds WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles.
Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv and former world heavyweight champion along with brother Wladimir, revealed he had discussed Usyk’s return to sporting action. Because it could benefit the Ukrainian defence, the Klitschko siblings decided to let Usyk fight Joshua.
“A very important message could be carried through an event like this,”Vitali, who retired after winning the 2012 WBC title over Manuel Charr at Moscow in 2012. The Telegraph. “We do not know if, in three months, we will exist.
“Actually, I have plans to talk to Oleksandr Uzyk in order to offer him advice and to get some messages out there.”
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Vitali, who was elected to office in 2014 has repeatedly condemned the Russian invasion. It began on February 24, 2014. Wladimir, who was knocked out by Joshua at Wembley Stadium in 2017, admitted there were ‘pros and cons’ behind Usyk’s decision to leave Ukraine.
The 46-year-old also added: “But to have the Ukrainian flag raised and our anthem played and one of our ambassadors of our country out there in the world, with the right mindset, could be more positive than negative.”
Ukraine have implemented martial law since the conflict began, which bans men aged between 18 and 60 from leaving the country. However, elite athletes have been awarded exemptions to compete on the world’s stage, although many of the nation’s athletes have joined the military.