Ukrainian Former Boxing Champ Dies Fighting In War Against Russia

The ongoing war in Ukraine has taken the life of a former boxing champion.

Oleg Prudky
Oleg Prudky - Iamge via @mariashka1388 Instagram
  • Former Ukrainian boxing champion Oleg Prudky died while fighting for his country
  • The Cherasky Boxing Federation expressed its condolences to Prudky’s family and friends on social media

Ukrainian boxer Oleg Prudky was killed while defending his country against Russian troops. The former Ukrainian boxing champion reportedly died fighting on the frontline during a bloody encounter with the enemies.

Prudky was a known fighter in Ukraine

Though Prudky has never won a world title, he was a multi-time champion in Ukraine and was a respected member of the Ukrainian Atamans team. He was best known for competing in the super-lightweight division of World Series of Boxing and for representing his country in several European boxing tournaments.

A loss in the sport

Prudky’s untimely death was indeed a loss in the sport of boxing and the Cherasky Boxing Federation made sure that they grieve the 30-year-old’s tragic demise.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, the federation expressed its sincerest condolences to Prudky’s family and friends.

“Another tragedy in our boxing family,” the statement read. “One of the best boxers of Cherkasy region, Oleg Prudky, died in the East… The boxing family of Cherkasy region expresses its sincere condolences to the family and friends. Rest in peace!”

Cherasky Boxing Federation president Serhiy Tyshchenko further shed light on the significance of Prudky in Ukrainian boxing and how they are saddened about his passing.

“I remember now how your coach told you how eager you were to do boxing and cycling for tens of kilometres to get to training,” Tyshchenko  said in the post. “I remember how we supported you at the competitions of ‘Ukrainian Atamans’, then a whole bus from Cherkasy came to support you and you won! Everyone remembers your incredible fights. You are the first in the history of Cherkasy boxing to win gold in the 60kg weight category.”

“Oleg was a two-time champion of Ukraine and a master of sports of international class,” he added. “Your victories and achievements are hard 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. Cursed war, takes away the best sons of Ukraine! Eternal memory, rest in peace friend! Heroes do not die!”

Prudky was serving with the special forces to defend Ukraine in his local region of Cherkasy. One of four men who died in the attack was him. Prudky leaves two daughters and a wife, Mariana.

Mariana Prudky posted a series of photos along with a tribute to her husband on social media.

 it takes away the best !!
I don’t believe, I don’t believe that you are no more…
What I won’t hear: – Good morning darling! I’m fine! How are the girls? And the most important thing is that you will never tell me again – I LOVE you…
. you are adored and asked every time, and when dad comes… .How can I tell them that they will never see you again…
You were an example for your friends and brothers !!
You are my ANGEL! I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!

Boxing Federation of Ukraine says:

We are sad to announce that the master of sports of international boxing class, champion of Ukraine Oleh Prudkyi, died in battles with the Russian occupiers. The Boxing Federation of Ukraine expresses its condolences to the boxer’s family! Eternal memory to you Olezh🙏

Since the war in Ukraine began, a number of Ukrainian boxers have put aside the sport to take part in the fight for their freedom. WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk was among who pledged to fight for his country alongside former heavyweight champions, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

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