Two of the most popular athletes in Ukraine – and perhaps the world’s top two boxers – return to the ring this spring to defend their titles. Proving how they’ve become the biggest box-office draws in the sport, both fighters are set to take the stage at some of the finest arenas in the USA in primetime fights on premiere networks. Two-time Olympic champion (2008 & 2012) Vasyl ‘Loma’ Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) will need to defend his unified lightweight title against the UK’s Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) in Los Angeles on 12 April before getting a chance to unify the lightweight titles he’s missing. Meanwhile, compatriot Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) looks for a new challenge after unifying the light heavyweight titles last year. He’s moving up to the heavyweight division in a bid to become Ukraine’s first heavyweight champion since the Klitschkos. Looks like he’ll face France’s Carlos Takam (36-5-1, 28 KOs) in Chicago on 18 May. In addition to the many restaurants and clubs showing the fights, you can also catch them on the big screen at many of Kyiv’s top cinemas.
12 April & 18 May in USA