‘Proud and happy’: Ukrainians embrace Oleksandr Usyk’s boxing victory

People in Kyiv and Kharkiv celebrate win in world heavyweight unification fight as symbolic achievement for the country

From the capital, Kyiv, to the heavily attacked region of Kharkiv, news of Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Tyson Fury brought war-weary Ukrainians a rare and very welcome moment of victory and celebration.

Usyk, who became the first undisputed world heavyweight champion this century after his victory in Riyadh in the early hours of Sunday, said his triumph did not belong to him alone.

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