Ukraine : Two-time Olympic gold medalist boxer Vasily Lomachenko has joined Ukraine’s military after the Russian invasion. Lomachenko, considered one of the top boxers in the world, posted a photo on his Facebook account in which he is seen wearing a military uniform and is apparently set to enter the war zone this Sunday. According to an ESPN report, Lomachenko, who won Olympic gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, recently returned to his home near Odessa to be with his family.
TalkSport.com’s online boxing editor Michael Benson also posted a photo of Lomachenko wearing a Ukrainian army jersey. Lomachenko is the only famous Ukrainian boxer to have joined the armed forces of his country, as brothers Vladimir and Vitaly Klitschko have also decided to fight in this conflict.
Hall of Famer boxer Klitschko, now mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, recently announced that he would assist in the defense of his country. His brother, fellow Hall of Famer and former heavyweight champion Vladimir, also joined the country’s reserve army earlier this month. “I have no other choice, I have to fight to save my country,” Klitschko told Good Morning Britain. WBC Ukraine President Nikolay Kovalchuk expressed how proud he is of the boxers who have made their decision to defend the country.
“We are very proud of our boxers, our real champions in boxing and the champions in this war. We are proud to be Ukrainians,” Kovalchuk was quoted as saying by Kopinger. Before starting his career, Lomachenko was a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He won gold medals in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 seasons, the former in featherweight and the latter in lightweight. In his professional career, Lomachenko holds a record of 16 wins (11 by knockout) and two losses in 18 matches. As News Agency Input