OLEKSANDR USYK has been STRIPPED of his honours with Crimea after joining up with the Ukraine army to fight the Russian invasion.
Usyk put his boxing career on hold just months after sensationally beating Anthony Joshua to become unified heavyweight champ to join the war effort.
The Ukrainian was born in in the Crimean city of Simferopol but is now based in Kyiv with his family.
But his actions have not gone down well with Chairman of the Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov.
As reported by RIA, he said: “These are [people] who arranged and welcomed the water and energy blockade of Crimea, who question the fairness and legitimacy of our return to Russia, who stained themselves with Russophobia.
“Such people are not worthy of a good memory.”
Since 2014 Crimea has been part of the Russian Federation.
Boxing legends Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, as well as former world champ Vasiliy Lomachenko all joined the Ukrainian war effort to battle the Russians.
Usyk has since left the front line to get back into training for a rematch against Joshua.
Negotiations resumed after Usyk was given permission to leave his homeland and both sides have come to a suitable agreement for the tussle.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, the Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn said: “The fight’s all done, it’s all agreed.
“It’s 100 per cent Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk the rematch.
“We’re finalising the location at the moment, his team are in London this week so we’re gonna sit down with them.
“I think in two weeks time we’ll finalise the date. It will be July.
“And hopefully AJ can become a three-time heavyweight world champion.”
Joshua, 32, was turned over by the slick southpaw in their Tottenham tussle last September and lost his grip on the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.
But Usyk’s preparations for their rematch will be clouded by the ongoing Russian invasion of his homeland.