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Oleksandr Usyk has been given a hero's welcome upon his return to Ukraine.
Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua on points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening to become the new WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion of the world.
The 34-year-old became the latest Ukrainian heavyweight champion after the Klitschko brothers stepped away from competition in the past decade.
And the Ukrainian public had their first glance at the new champion when he touched down at the Boryspil International Airport in Kiev.
The champion was met by a crowd of adoring fans, and he took time to stop sign autographs and take photos with the crowd.
Usyk put on a boxing masterclass in the UK, and he consistently outboxed Joshua throughout the bout.
The judges for Saturday night's fight unanimously awarded Usyk a scorecard victory of 117–112, 116–112, and 115–113.
Usyk seemed to get stronger as the bout went into his final rounds, while Joshua claimed he couldn't see after the ninth.
And the Brit sported a swollen eye when he left the ring immediately after the bell to head down to the medical room.
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According to reports, Joshua has the option to trigger a rematch – due to a clause in the fights contract.
And Joshua confirmed the existence of the clause, and he will trigger it: “One hundred per cent," Joshua said after the bout.
“I’m ready to get back to training. It was a good 12-rounder, so I’ll be in a good place when I get back into training to pick up where we left off.
"Usyk is a lot lighter than me so he’s got a good pace. But he still gets hit a lot and in the rematch, we’ll just learn how to hit him more and be more concussive with our punch selection.”
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However, Usyk is looking to slow down for a bit after he claimed the belts.
"I just want to live. I want to take my kids to school, I want to plant trees, water the apple trees and see my wife more often," he told reporters in Ukraine.
"I spent three months in training camp, I wish I could spend more time with my wife. I just want to live — I really don't care what the critics say. There will always be people criticising. I know what I am doing.
"I am working very hard so I really don't care what people say or think about me."
Usyk unified the cruiserweight division before he moved up to the heavyweights, earning him a WBO mandatory title shot.
Tyson Fury holds the WBC belt, and a unification bout could be on the horizon.
- Anthony Joshua
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