Leksandr Usyk admits he may have to kill to protect himself and his family after enlisting in Kyiv Territorial Defence.
The world heavyweight champion, along with his close friend and fellow boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko, took up arms to defend their home country of Ukraine from a Russian invasion.
Speaking to CNN, Usyk revealed he was forced to consider the potential consequences of the struggle for his survival.
“If they want to take my life, or the life of my loved ones, I will have to do it,” he said.
“But I don’t want that. I don’t want to shoot, I don’t want to kill anyone, but if they kill me, I won’t have a choice.
The Ukrainian believes his past as a boxer and the sense of control it brought has allowed him to stay calm despite the traumatic circumstances.
Usyk insists that he is not afraid of what has happened or what might happen, but that his overriding emotion is one of confusion about how this war broke out.
“It helped me to be calm and mentally prepared,” Usyk said. “And it helps me help others who are panicking and nervous.
“It may sound sentimental, but my soul belongs to the Lord and my body and my honor belong to my country, to my family. So there is no fear, absolutely no fear. There is just perplexity – how could it be in the 21st century? »
He added: “The Russians don’t know exactly what’s going on here. They don’t see what’s going on. They are victims of their president.