Vasyl lomachenko (17-2, 11 KO’s) will fight for the undisputed lightweight title against Devin Haney (29-0, 15 KO’s) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, but this hasn’t been the former champion’s toughest fight.
The Ukrainian boxer enlisted in the army to defend his country from the Russian invasion at the time of the outbreak of the conflict. The battalion she joined was the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi battalion, the place where he was born in 1988.
In interview with Los Angeles Times, Loma declared that the situation in the area where he lives is in better conditions where the armed conflict has focused.
“It’s very different, I think we lost three regions. By where I live the situation is a little better compared to where the war is taking placeLomachenko stated.
The two-time Olympic champion was in Greece when Russia began the invasion and his return to Ukraine was complicatedeither. He first had to travel to Romania before reaching his native country.
In the same interview, the three-time champion in different categories declared that the war has changed him and that he is grateful to God for being able to stay alive.
“The lesson is that there is a price for it, for every day, when you wake up, you have to thank God that you can wake up and do your thing. It is the biggest lesson because you never know what can happen”, said the boxer. “We have very bad things happening in our region, many deaths, destroyed buildings, so when you wake up you should be grateful.”.
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