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Ukrainian Boxers Shine Amidst Country’s Turmoil: Lomachenko, Usyk, Berinchyk Victorious

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In the midst of Ukraine‘s ongoing turmoil due to the Russian invasion, three Ukrainian boxers have emerged victorious in recent international matches, showcasing their resilience and skill on the global stage.

On May 12th, Vasyl Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, secured the vacant IBF World Lightweight and IBO World Lightweight titles in a dominant performance against George Kambosos Jr. in Australia. This triumph marked Lomachenko’s ascent to a 3-division world champion, solidifying his status as a boxing great.

Prior to his boxing triumph, Lomachenko had returned to his homeland to stand in solidarity with Ukraine against the invading forces, exemplifying his unwavering patriotism and courage amidst adversity. Meanwhile, former heavyweight champions Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko have also actively engaged in the defense of Ukraine, symbolizing unity and strength in the face of crisis.

On the 18th of May, Oleksandr Usyk, Ukraine’s revered WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO World heavyweight champion and former Unified World Cruiserweight champion, faced off against the WBC titleholder Tyson Fury at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In a thrilling showdown, Usyk clinched a split decision victory to become the unified heavyweight champion, setting the stage for a highly anticipated rematch in October.

Simultaneously, Denys Berinchyk, a 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist from Ukraine, displayed his boxing prowess by outclassing three-division world champion Emanuel Navarrete in San Diego, California. Berinchyk’s split decision win secured him the vacant IBF World Lightweight title, cementing his reputation as a rising star in the sport.

These triumphant performances by Vasyl Lomachenko, Oleksandr Usyk, and Denys Berinchyk not only underscore their sporting excellence but also serve as beacons of hope and inspiration for their compatriots in Ukraine and beyond, uniting people through their remarkable achievements.

Rachel Adams

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