Ukrainian boxer, the absolute world champion in the first heavyweight Alexander Usik explained the rejection of state awards. His words leads the BBC.
“I am not a hero in reality. There are many people who made more of me. Doctors save lives. Teachers who teach children. Scientists who make some discoveries. There are many people who really deserve some kind of stars, elementary attention and gratitude, ”said Usyk.
According to the boxer, he is a hero to his people. “I don't need stars. I am an ordinary guy – "from the area." It would be unclear – I came “to the district”, and I would have been told – “Sanya, well, you are human,” the Ukrainian added.
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July 22 Usik defeated Russian Murat Gassiev in the final of the World Boxing Super Series. The fight took place in Moscow, which caused a mixed reaction in Kiev. So, the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko saw in the victory of Usik “a symbol of the Ukrainian struggle and the approach of victory”.
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko, on the contrary, called the competition in Russia inappropriate. After that, Usyk rejected state awards.
On November 10, the boxer will voluntarily defend four champion belts (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) in a fight against Briton Tony Bellew. The fight will take place in Manchester and will begin at 21:00 Moscow time.