After taking up arms and defending his country, the heavyweight champion returns to the ring tomorrow to defend the belt against Joshua: the story of a strange, chameleon-like boxer, a former ice cream man who, to strike first, dodges

    Out of any contingent rhetoric and the all too easy existential connections that boxing always offers as an edge to the narrative, we can say that he has been fighting war for a lifetime. This is why he now knows so many different ways to win it. He is Oleksandr Usyk and in the last few months it is as if he had had to lead two parallel existences: one dramatically determined by history, to whose call he did not hesitate to answer; the other devoted to the definitive fulfillment of his own boxing parable, which in a broader sense implies a whole biography characterized by a sporting versatility that we could consider the primordial talent of the Ukrainian fighter.

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