Ukraine war affects boxing schedule as another boxer heads home to fight

Serhii Bohachuk Ukrainian Boxer

Lina Baker

Another Ukrainian boxer is back in his war-torn home, affecting the boxing schedule for this spring. Serhii Bohachuk is as brave as they come.

GYM released a statement confirming Bohachuk’s move as a fight with Mikael Zewski got called off due to the decision.

“Like so many fellow brave Ukrainians, “El Flaco” Bohachuk (20-1, 20 KOs) has returned home in defense of his country. He will fight alongside his compatriots against the Russian invasion.

“This move has forced his withdrawal from a scheduled March 25th showdown with Canadian super welterweight Mikaël Zewski (35-2, 23 KOs),” said GYM.


“Bohachuk joins other Ukrainian fighters who have joined the fight, such as retired former world heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

“Also, reigning World unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and 3-time, 3-division World title-holder Vasiliy Lomachenko.

“Zewski, a former IBF North American and WBO NABO welterweight champion, is fighting at super welterweight for only the second time.

“His new opponent in the 10-round main event for the WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Championship is former world title challenger Carlos “Chema” Ocampo Manriquez (32-1, 20 KOs), of Mexico.

“His lone pro loss was in 2018 to IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence, Jr.”


GYM president Yvon Michel added: “We applaud Bohachuk’s courage to return home and fight with his countrymen in a real war.

“Our hearts and prayers are with him and all Ukrainians who we wish for peace.

“Mikael is still in a very tough fight against Manriquez, the WBO’s No. 8-rated super welterweight.”

Bohachuk is in immediate danger, though, as an assault on the capital of Ukraine is imminent. There are real fears for all the boxers currently fighting in Kyiv.

The Klitschko brothers pleaded yet again to end the war that had already caused so much pain and suffering.

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