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Wladimir Klitschko Celebrates Oleksandr Usyk's Historic Win for Ukraine

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko expressed immense pride and joy as his fellow Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk, achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 25 years. Usyk secured this remarkable feat in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by adding Tyson Fury’s WBC title to his collection of WBA, IBF, and WBO belts.

Wladimir Klitschko

Klitschko, whose dominance in the heavyweight division was ended by Fury in 2015, had previously held all the major titles except the WBC, which was held by his brother Vitali Klitschko during parts of his reign. The significance of this achievement goes beyond the individual accolades, representing a powerful moment of pride for Ukraine, a nation enduring hardship since Russia's invasion over two years ago.

“This historic win is not just important for Oleksandr Usyk,” Wladimir Klitschko. “Can you imagine the pressure this man faced these past weeks? Losing was not an option.
He has proven his greatness once as a cruiserweight, and now, regardless of Tyson Fury’s size, reach, and mobility, Oleksandr Usyk has shown he is the best fighter in modern history. I’m very proud of Oleksandr Usyk and very proud to be Ukrainian.”

Klitschko admitted to feeling uncertain when the judges announced a split decision, but he believed Usyk’s dominant performance, particularly in the ninth round, had secured his victory. Fury's resilience in surviving the ninth round was noteworthy, but Usyk's consistent performance throughout the fight made him deserving of the win.

“When you’re counting the points, you cannot be 100 percent sure in boxing, but the judges ruled correctly. Outstanding performance by both fighters. I’m surprised Fury made it to the end, but let’s give him respect.
Most importantly, Oleksandr stayed firm and did what he was supposed to do to become the heavyweight champion of the world—the Ukrainian heavyweight champion of the world,” Klitschko added.

The victory of Oleksandr Usyk is a beacon of hope and pride for Ukraine, showcasing the country's resilience and strength on the global stage.


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