Semi-pro Ukrainian boxing champion dies on the frontline defending his country against Russia
Semi-professional Ukrainian boxing champion dies on the front lines defending his country against invading Russian forces… with the president of his local boxing federation mourning an ‘irreparable loss to our family of boxers’
- Two-time Ukrainian champion Oleg Prudky was a well-known competitor in the world of semi-professional boxing.
- He competed for the Ukrainian Otamans in the World Series of Boxing competitions.
- The 30-year-old had been working alongside the authorities in the Cherkasy region for the last three months after the Russian invasion.
- The president of the Cherasky Boxing Federation believes that Prudky will be a “worthy example” for future generations of boxers
A two-time Ukrainian boxing champion tragically died defending his country while fighting Russia on the front lines.
Oleg Prudky, 30, among a number of boxers who took up arms after Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade the country, has been working alongside authorities in the Cherkassy region for the past three months.
However, he previously competed in the World Series of Boxing competitions, recognized as tournaments that help bridge the gap between amateur and professional boxing, for Ukrainian Otamans.
He participated in a series of tournaments around the world for his country in the super lightweight category, including in several European championships.
But a translation of a Cherasky Boxing Federation publication tragically read: ‘Another tragedy in our boxing family. One of the best boxers of the Cherkassy region, Oleg Prudky, died in the East…
‘The boxing family of the Cherkasy region expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends. Rest in peace!’
Cherasky Boxing Federation Serhiy Tyshchenko was later quoted as saying: ‘I remember now how your coach told you how eager you were to practice boxing and cycling for tens of kilometers to get to training.
‘I remember how we supported you in the ‘Ukrainian Hetmans’ competitions, then a whole bus from Cherkasy came to support you and you won!
Ukrainian boxing champion Oleg Prudky died on the front line defending Ukraine from Russian invasion.
Prudky has been working alongside authorities in the local Cherkasy region for the past three months.
Prudky was a well-known competitor in the world of semi-professional boxing.
Everyone remembers your amazing fights. You are the first in Cherkassy boxing history to win gold in the 60kg weight class.
‘Oleg was a two-time champion of Ukraine and a master of sports of international class.
‘Your victories and achievements are difficult to count, you were a very persistent and hard-working athlete, you trained a lot. You have been a worthy example for future generations.
“It is very difficult to accept such news every day, an irreparable loss for our boxing family. I express my sincere condolences to the boxer’s family.
The damn war takes the best sons of the Ukraine! Eternal memory, rest in peace friend! Heroes don’t die!
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its third month and represents the largest attack on a European state since 1945.
It has seen more than 6.5 million people flee abroad, turning entire cities to rubble and prompting the West to react with unprecedented sanctions against Russia.
News of Prudky’s death comes as high-ranking Russian officials are said to be plotting a government without Vladimir Putin.
Kremlin sources claimed that the Russian president has turned almost everyone against him amid the invasion.
A government source told Russian-Latvian outlet Meduza that “there are hardly any people who are satisfied with Putin” among Kremlin officials and Russian elites.
“Businessmen and many members of the government are unhappy that the president started the war without thinking about the scale of the sanctions. It is impossible to live with such sanctions,” the source said, a sentiment that was later corroborated by two other members of the government. .
Problems [in Russia due to the war] they are already visible, and in midsummer they will come from different directions: transportation, medicine, even agriculture. No one simply thought of such a scale”, explained Meduza’s interlocutor close to the government.
The revelation comes as kyiv’s spy chief claimed Putin had escaped an assassination attempt about a month into the war and declared the isolation of the Russian leader a preventive measure stemming from a deep mistrust of his subordinates.