Not on the box: Ukrainian was forced to watch UK heavyweight hero Usyk on Russian TV, politician explains

While new heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usik has ousted three-belt king Anthony Joshua in London, his native TV channels have given boxing fans less shock by not showing the exciting junk.

This meant that Usyk’s compatriots could not join the huge crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – and huge audiences around the world – watching his last big boxing score win a big win which was broadcast on pay-per-view TV in the UK. Was.

“Almost the entire population of Russia was concerned and rooted for Usyak”, Addressing Sport Express, Dmitry Svyshchev, a member of the Federal Assembly of Russia, said.

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« [Everyone in] Simferopol … rooted him, because he is from there. I was surprised that Usyk went to fight with the banner of Ukraine and songs in Ukrainian.

“It is even more surprising that the fight was not broadcast on Ukrainian television. All Ukrainians who wanted to see the fight saw it on the Russian channel.”

Media outlets suggested that with the national football team progressing to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals in June and July, the fight “The main sporting event for Ukraine this year”.

Former cruiserweight Usyk put up a highly accomplished performance to defeat British superstar Joshua on the scoreboard, earning praise from Ukrainian figures who may have seen the fight on the Russian channel Rain, which aired it for free.

“We haven’t all slept, we haven’t all suspected, we haven’t all kept our feelings”, The country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky responded. “A tough win but therefore even more precious. Well done, Champion.”

Manchester City and Ukraine wide Alexander Zinchenko said “There are no words” To do justice to the sensational win. “Only the best,” He concluded on Instagram.

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Usyk extended his overall professional career record to 19 victories with wins in front of more than 60,000 people.

The 34-year-old was not seen as such a magnetic ticket seller as established poster Joshua, only to prove that he deserved more hit nights after winning the WBA Super title. , WBO, IBF and IBO.

Ukrainian tennis star Elina Monfils has told her fans that she is watching the fight on US channel DAZN, which includes an animation of the national flag she shares with Usyk as she watches him win.

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