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V Summer All-Ukrainian Boxing Gymnasium took place in Uman

The V Summer All-Ukrainian Boxing Gymnasium took place in Uman, where boys and juniors from Ukraine and Kyiv took part.

The following boxers became champions from Kyiv:

🥇 Kirill Tkachuk, 2010, 1st category, 42 kg

🥇 Mykola Dobrolyubov, 2009, 1st category, 66 kg

🥇 Pasichenko Oleksandr, 2008, KMS, 48 kg

🥇 Adrian Krasnopilskyi, 2008, KMS, 54 kg

🥈 Konstantin Gayevsky, 2009, 1st category, 54 kg

🥉 Maidukov Mark, 2009, 1st category, 48 kg

🥉 Kravchenko Mykyta, 2010, 1st category, 57 kg

The President of the Kyiv City Federation Oleksandr Nehoda congratulated the young Kyiv residents on their victory.

“We have a good team and systematic work, which is aimed at constantly holding open rings where our boxers can gain combat practice,” said Oleksandr Nehoda.

According to the president of the boxing federation, the next events that athletes and coaches are preparing for are the World Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), which will take place on August 19-27, as well as the European Championships in Maribor (Slovenia), which will take place on August 15-26, 2023.

The gymnasium is held to stimulate the development of physical culture and sports among students of general secondary education institutions of the II-III levels.

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Kyiv Boxing Federation and Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture have established cooperation

The cooperation between the Kyiv Boxing Federation and the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture opens up new opportunities for the comprehensive development of students. This partnership is a model of how the academic and sports worlds can come together to achieve a common goal. This opinion was expressed by Oleksandr Nehoda, President of the Kyiv Boxing Federation, and Petro Kulikov, Rector of the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, at a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency in Kyiv on Thursday.

According to Oleksandr Nehoda, the state’s support of Ukrainian athletes at international competitions is insufficient.

“The state and the Ministry (of Youth and Sports – ed.) allocate funds, and there is also support for young athletes through universities, but this is usually not enough. When we were preparing to participate in the European Games, the funding for meals per day per athlete was 410 hryvnias. With such funds, it is impossible to follow a specialized sports diet. Therefore, we (Kyiv Boxing Federation – ed.) had to purchase a significant part of the food on our own. The same applies to other supplies for the athletes,” Nehoda emphasized.

According to the KFB President, the problem of financing high-quality training of athletes requires a systematic approach from both the state and private sponsors and patrons.

In his turn, the rector of the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Petro Kulikov, emphasized that his university has created a unique system of support for youth sports and healthy lifestyles, and is improving its sports infrastructure.

“In recent years, KNUBA has hosted several major boxing tournaments among youth and juniors. In addition, we have developed a unique system of cooperation with the Kyiv Boxing Federation and provide premises and training facilities for both accommodation and training of young athletes. To this end, when we opened the stadium, we also opened a hotel with 50 beds to accommodate athletes from different regions of Ukraine,” he said.

Mr. Kulikov also emphasized that cooperation with sports federations should be one of the main areas of development for Ukrainian universities. This is due to both the need to popularize sports and healthy lifestyles among young people and the need to create a strong training base for Ukrainian athletes to participate in international competitions.

“Thanks to our cooperation with federations, sports such as football, basketball and boxing have begun to reach students on a large scale. My fellow rectors and I are doing our best to develop sports in our educational institutions, hold competitions and build sports facilities even in this difficult time,” the rector summarized.

Oleksandr Nehoda added that thanks to Kulikov’s initiative and the existing infrastructure, KNUBA managed to keep many promising boxers in Ukraine, including the Ukrainian youth champion Bohdan Gorgol, who won all his fights ahead of schedule.

“During all of our recent tournaments, we have been proving to both juniors and their parents that the educational and sports facilities created at KNUBA allow not only boxing, but also high-quality higher education, as KNUBA provides preferential admission to students of our boxing school. So, this year 15 of our boys and girls became students. In addition, it is interesting that the leaders of the Kyiv team today are largely from other regions of Ukraine, who, thanks to the KNUBA facilities, can both study and develop in boxing,” Nehoda emphasized.

In his opinion, the development of student boxing is of utmost importance, as this sport is the foundation of both Olympic and professional boxing.

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Ukrainian Yuriy Zakhareev has won a gold medal at the European Boxing Championship among athletes under the age of 22, which takes place in Croatia.
“On March 23, the final bouts of the European U22 Boxing Championship took place in Croatia. Ukrainian Yuriy Zakhareev became the European champion in the weight category up to 71 kg. In the fight for the gold our boxer defeated an opponent from Wales, Garan Croft,” the press service of the Ministry of Youth and Sports said in a statement.
Earlier silver medals were won by Andriy Yefymovich (weight category up to 48 kg), Maksym Vlasiuk (weight category up to 60 kg) and Ivan Sapun (weight category up to 86 kg).
According to the results of the continental championship competitions, the Ukrainian boxing team won ten medals: two gold, three silver and five bronze.

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World heavyweight boxing champion according to IBF, WBA Super, WBO, and IBO Oleksandr Usyk would like to become the owner of five belts and is not going to wait two or three years for this.
“And I don’t want to wait two or three years. It’s a lot to wait two or three years. I currently have four belts … the main belt is currently at Tyson Fury,” Usyk said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.
The athlete noted that “I would very much like to have a unification fight”, but this is possible only after he has a rematch with Briton Anthony Joshua, and Fury will meet in the ring with Deontay Wilder, where the winner will be determined.
Usyk emphasized that there were no unification fights in the heavyweight category “for … about 30 years.”
According to Usyk, he does not follow his progress in the ratings and he does not care about this. “I’ve got it calmly. You know what makes me happy when my son goes to school and doesn’t cry. He doesn’t like going to school … and I say to him: “It is necessary, it’s cool to go to school.” It’s kind of cheating because I didn’t want to go to school either.”
Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk became the owner of the IBF, WBO, WBA Super, and IBO heavyweight championship belts (over 90,718 kg), having taken them away from Briton Anthony Joshua.
The Ukrainian won the fight, which took place at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, by unanimous decisions of all referees (117-112, 116-112, 115-113).

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