Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine's ultimate heavyweight champion of the world and the holder of Mohammed Ali Trophy, arrived in Kyiv and was warmly greeted by the dozens of people. The ceremony took place at Kyiv airport on Monday morning.
The flight came from Moscow via Minsk, Ukrinform news agency says.
'Thanks to all for the greeting! It's great to be back home!', Usyk said at a press conference after the landing. The champion added he devoted his victory in the WBSS to his late father.
He also said he took his new title quite calm. 'Well, it worked, so thank God', Usyk answered the reporter's question.
The boxer mentioned that his trophy, the Mohammed Ali cup, is now on its way to Ukraine.
Earlier, Usyk made it to Rank 7 in the top 10 list of BoxRec portal. With 692 points in the pocket, Usyk boasts the victory in the WBSS finale, where he beat Russian Murat Gassiev. The Ukrainian left British Anthony Joshua behind, who comes eighth, with 673 points.
Vasyl Lomachenko, Usyk's compatriot, and another prominent Ukrainian boxer is now fourth on the list.
Murat Gassiev, Usyk's opponent in the WBSS final, lost his previous position (46th) and now comes 66th.