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Ukrainian boxer, the absolute world champion in the first heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk explained the refusal of the state awards. His words are quoted by the BBC.
“I am not a hero really is. There are a lot of people who made more than me. Doctors save people’s lives. Teachers who teach children. Scientists who make some discoveries. A lot of people who really deserve any stars, basic attention and gratitude,” said Usyk.
According to the boxer, for his people he is a hero. “I don’t need stars. I am an ordinary guy “from district”. It was — arrived “in the area”, and I would say — “Sanya, come on”,” — said Ukrainian.
22 Jul Usik defeated by the Russians by Murat Gassiev in the final of the world Boxing series. The fight took place in Moscow, which caused a mixed reaction in Kiev. So, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko saw the victory Mustache “a symbol of the Ukrainian struggle and victory”.
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko, by contrast, called competitions in Russia is misplaced. After that, the Tendril rejected awards from the state.
10 Nov boxer will hold the voluntary protection four championship belts (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) in a fight against Brit Tony Bellew. The fight will take place in Manchester and will start at 21:00 Moscow time.
Video, photo All from Russia.