Oleksandr Usyk‘s wife has claimed that the Ukraine world champion lost 10kg in just a single week following the devastating news that Vladimir Putin had led an invasion on Ukraine
Oleksandr Usyk was so crushed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that he lost 10kg in a week.
The boxer’s wife Kateryna has claimed he dropped one-and-a-half stone seven days after Vladimir Putin pursued his war on Ukraine on February 24. Usyk, 35, flew back to his home nation to join the Ukrainian army and enlisted along with Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko as well as Vasiliy Lomachenko, who recently put his career on hold too.
And wife Kateryna told PravdaTUT how her other half dropped a huge load owing to the mental anguish of the war of his country: “Sasha lost 10 kilograms in a week of the war. He was so horrified, in such shock, he was so torn apart. He saw what I was doing. I said: ‘Sasha, please, people are asking, you need to speak, somehow support’. It is very difficult for him. At first he digested it inside. Well, firstly, let’s be honest, we have never been in such a situation before. Our entire generation could never have imagined this. And here it is, a shock.
“To be honest, he doesn’t really like giving interviews in normal, peacetime anyway. Now it’s difficult for him, of course, but he still goes on the air, says something.”
She continued: “His position is clear. He has always been for Ukraine, he has always glorified it and will glorify it for as long as he has enough health and strength. Now he understands how important for him, let’s say, even the next fight.
“For him, every fight is important, but now, when blood is shed in your country, you want to glorify Ukraine, you want to be proud of it. I’m just so proud that I’m from Ukraine, that I’m Ukrainian! Thank God that this happened.”
Meanwhile, Usyk is still set to face Anthony Joshua in a rematch for the world heavyweight this summer. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, hopes to have the event at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium because he believes that the fighter will benefit by having a home crowd behind him. Both fighters have to agree on the venue but at the moment Usyk is unsure about having another fight in London, despite defeating Joshua there in September to become world champion.