Fury vs Usyk: “We All Slept with Machine Guns” – Which Represents Oleksandr Usyk Before the Biggest Fight of All - Latest Global News

Fury vs Usyk: “We All Slept with Machine Guns” – Which Represents Oleksandr Usyk Before the Biggest Fight of All

Oleksandr Usyk stands for something. Thanks to his remarkable decision, he is an “icon” in Ukraine.

In 2022, he was already the unified WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight world champion and was on the verge of a hugely lucrative rematch with Anthony Joshua.

But when Russia invaded his homeland, he desisted. He returned directly to Ukraine to take up arms and defend his country by joining the Territorial Defense Force.

“He is Ukrainian, we are all Ukrainians. When the invasion began, we all slept with machine guns,” said his sponsor Alex Krasyuk Sky Sports.

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“We didn’t know what would happen in the morning. Maybe we would have to face the enemy at our door, the front door to our homes.”

“So we all did that back then and he was no exception. Immediately on the same day he did [Usyk] took up his arms and joined the forces in his region.”

Usyk later received permission to represent his country as a boxer on the world stage, defeating Joshua a second time in their rematch. With the Ukrainian flag over his shoulder, he appeared with a message.

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“He is the diamond of Ukraine, he is the national hero of Ukraine, he is the so-called idol, the figure that makes new generations follow his path. An icon,” Krasyuk added.

“Not because he is a good fighter, but because he is a charismatic personality, but because of his life principles.

“He pushes some narratives, some very correct narratives, that inspire people, that lead people to success, that lead people to a good life.”

Now Usyk faces the biggest boxing fight of all, the first undisputed heavyweight championship fight in 25 years against WBC titlist Tyson Fury.

Usyk, in turn, draws inspiration from his compatriots. He hopes his performance against Fury could boost morale at home.

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“That’s how I want to be,” Usyk said Sky Sports. “Because I get a lot of messages from my fans. I really appreciate the support of my fans and the Ukrainian soldiers.”

“It’s important to me. A lot of people say to me: ‘Yes, come on, let’s go, we support you. Alex, you can do that.’

“‘You win, you can, you are strong.

“That’s my motivation,” he added. “That is my motivation. Because many people believe in me. I have to give something back.”

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Ahead of Oleksandr Usyk’s clash with Tyson Fury on Saturday evening, Fraser Clarke says Fury “doesn’t want to give up a percent” in his preparation for the fight and that Usyk’s “sacrifices will push him forward.”

Usyk is the smaller man who competes against the 1.90 meter tall Fury. He must find a way to overcome his gigantic opponent’s advantages through speed, skill and cunning. That would mean something too.

For Krassyuk, Usyk represents a simple thing. “Victory. Victory. It’s all about winning,” said the organizer.

“Just to win.”

It is one of the biggest sporting events in a generation. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk collide for the undisputed world heavyweight championship live on Saturday, May 18th Sky Sports box office. Book the fight now.

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