Tyson Fury says he and his dad ‘Big’ John will join the frontline to defend Ukraine if England gets involved with Russia.
The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ praised Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko as well as Oleksandr Usyk for taking up arms against Russian soldiers.
Speaking in his pre-fight press conference for his WBC world heavyweight clash against Dillian Whyte, Fury paid tribute to the Ukrainian stars.
Asked for his thoughts on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the undefeated Brit said: “[It’s] fantastic. I’ll be the first one to join up if England gets involved, or America.
“I’ll be first in line for the job, my dad will as well and all the boys.”
The 33-year-old added: “We’ll all be signing up to defend – that’s what I’ve got to say.
“I think if you’re from that country, living there – defend her. Love your woman and fight for your country.”
Usyk, who dethroned Anthony Joshua of the unified world heavyweight titles last year, has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to call off the invasion of Ukraine.
“Good morning to everybody,” Usyk said in a video appeal posted on social media.
“My name is Oleksandr Usyk. I’d like to speak to the people of Russia.
“If we consider ourselves as brothers, orthodox ones. Do not let your children to set out to our country, do not fight with us.
“Also I’m addressing this to the President Vladimir Putin. You can stop this war. Please just sit down and negotiate it with us without claims.
“Our kids, wives, grannies are hiding in the basements… we are here in our own country, we cannot do it other way – we are defending… Stop it!