Sports (July – August)

16 July 2018

Usyk Fights for Undisputed Championship in Moscow
21 July
Olympic Stadium in Moscow
In one of the biggest fights of 2018, Ukraine’s undefeated WBO and WBC cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) will face Russia’s undefeated IBF and WBA champion Murat Gassiev (26-0-1, 19 KOs) in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series final at Olympic Stadium in Moscow on 21 July. The winner will become the first-ever cruiserweight to hold all four titles and will take on the The Ring Magazine title, the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy, and a cool $1 million. To do that, Ukraine’s 2012 Olympic champion has once again agreed to fight in hostile territory after defeating Germany’s former world champion Marco Huck in Berlin before picking up a hard-fought WBC title by beating Latvian Mairis Breidis in Riga in Latvia. “I successfully coped with this in the quarterfinal and semi-final,” says Usyk. “Now I’m going to win in Moscow.” The fight was initially to be held in Saudi Arabia, but the Russian Boxing Federation made an aggressive move to outbid the original hosts. Built for the 1980 Olympics, Moscow’s Olympic Stadium can hold 35 000 fans and is expected to be sold out for one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
Tickets: 832 – 10 395 UAH and up to 62 360 UAH for VIP and ringside seats
Website: worldboxingsuperseries.com

Dynamo Kicks Off New Season against Rival Shakhtar
21 July at Chornomorets Stadium (Odesa)
4 August at Olympic Stadium (Velyka Vasylkivska 55)
Kyiv’s beloved Dynamo is set to kick off their 2018-19 campaign against rival Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Super Cup in Odesa on 21 July. The boys in blue and white will look to avenge their second-place finishes to their eastern rivals in last year’s Premier League and Ukrainian Cup. They will face their foe again – at home at Olympic Stadium on 4 August – in their third game of the new campaign. The Ukrainian Premier League had a rough offseason with two teams disbanding or restructuring. Veres Rivne has swapped positions with third-league FC Lviv, while FC Poltava was disbanded and replaced in the top flight by Chornomorets Odesa. Dynamo sets out on their Champions League quest with a home-and-away on 7 or 8 August and 14 August against one of Turkey’s Fenerbahce, Belgium’s Standard Liege, or the Czech Republic’s Slavia Prague. Season tickets run from 490 UAH for standard tickets to 2 380 UAH for premium seats.
Tickets: 35 – 800 UAH [Based on 2017-18 prices]
Website: fcdynamo.kiev.ua/en

Dynamo Kyiv – Ukrainian Premier League
25 July vs Vorskla Poltava
28 July @ FC Lviv
4 August vs Shakhtar Donetsk
11 August @ FC Mariupol
Olympic Stadium (Velyka Vasylkivska 55)
Tickets: 35 – 800 UAH [Based on 2017-18 prices]

Kyiv Patriots – AFL American Football
21-22 July vs Dnipro Spartans
4-5 July vs Dnipro Rockets
Spartak Stadium (Krypylovskyy 105)
FB kyivpats

Kyiv Slavs – AFL American Football
21-22 July vs Kharkiv Atlantes
11-12 July vs Dnipro Spartans
Location: TBD
FB slavs.kiev

Kyiv Stallions – AFL American Football
21-22 June @ Mykolaiv Vikings
4-5 July vs Dnipro Rockets
Location: TBA

World Junior Diving Championships
23-29 July
Liko Sports Centre (Koneva 8)

Ukrainian Streetball League 3×3
4 August
Location TBD

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