Ukrainian two-time Olympic champion (2008, 2012) and current WBO super featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) capped off an incredible 2017 in December by beating Cuba’s previously undefeated two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in the 6th round. It marked the fourth straight fight where his opponent surrendered on the stool rather than come out and take any more punishment. He dispatched Colombia’s Miguel Marriago and the US Jason Sosa in the same fashion earlier in the year (and Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters in Nov. 2016).
The 29-year-old’s dominance has won accolades from across the boxing world, he was named ESPN’s best active pound-for-pound boxer, The Ring’s Top Fighter of 2017, and HBO Sport’s Boxer of the Year. The world’s greatest super featherweight fighter may need to move up a division to meet a worthy opponent, and the boxing world hopes he’ll soon face undefeated three-weight world champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs).
Some good news, some bad. Let’s start with the good news. In the latest annual Ease of Doing Business Ranking from the World Bank, Ukraine has moved up five spots and now sits at number 71 out of 190 countries analysed. A five-spot advance doesn’t sound like much, but, for context, at least Ukraine is […]
Ukraine can legitimately sing We are the Champions following Oleksandr Usyk’s fight on 10 November at Manchester Arena. Brit Tony Bellow worked Usyk hard, going into the eight round, but it was Usyk’s brutal left hook that sent him flying to the mat, unable to get back up. With the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO cruiserweight […]
Even at the age of 27, Ukraine can hardly be called a “nation of startups”, as neither the president nor the Ministry of Economic Trade and Development have made this a priority. Regardless, we will reject this pessimism, as real steps are being taken in this direction. In fact, a stratum of IT specialists is […]
Russia, according to Russia, is not party to the war in eastern Ukraine. However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokespeople don’t mind, apparently, speaking on behalf of the “L” and “D” “People’s Republics” (the unrecognised and illegal entities created by Russia to run their operations in eastern Ukraine, also denied by Russia, of course.) In recent weeks, […]