“This is the fight of my Life” The former world heavyweight champion Volodymyr Klychko stood up to defend Ukraine
Before the war started Ukrainian former professional boxer Volodymyr Klychko joined the Territorial Defense Forces.
“I’ve been a fighter, but this is the fight. This is the fight of my life. This is the fight of the life of millions of us”, told Klychko in an interview with PEOPLE.
But now he is defending the country not so much at the checkpoint as in the international arena. Aside from territorial defense, the boxer-turned-resistance fighter has been addressing the outside world, asking for help. As a superstar in his corner of the sports world, he has been able to raise about $109 million and counting in the past two weeks for humanitarian aid and medical supplies, he said.
“We’re 45 million Ukrainians, we’re going to resist, as we do now. As you see in pictures, in the cities, where they got into the city, people demonstrating with Ukrainian flags, standing in front of the tanks and saying, ‘Go home, f-off. This is not your land,'” Volodymyr Klychko said.
His brother, Vitaliy Klychko, who was also a world champion, now is a mayor of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, which Russians intend to attack.