2014 World Series of Boxing: Russia-Ukraine War in the Squared Ring: No Politics, Just Sports
By James Patrick Quizon | April 4, 2014 1:42 PM EST
Russia beat Ukraine, 4-1 in the 2014 World Series of Boxing quarterfinals on Monday in Moscow, Russia. With situation in Crimea already toxic, it was a breath of fresh air that the athletes—and fans—from both countries treated the matches as nothing more than what it should be: a sporting competition.
"I think that the audience has really showed their support for both teams," said International Boxing Association Taiwanese president Wu Ching-Kuo, who also added that the contest was “marked by sportsmanship" in an article.
Ching-Kuo along with Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov was part of an Arena Moscow crowd of roughly 500 that were appreciative of the efforts of both nations in the boxing ring despite the tensions between Russia and Ukraine regarding the annexation of Crimea.
"A good atmosphere," Ukrainian fighter Denys Berinchyk said. "Boxing fans who love boxing, and love Ukrainian boxing. It's a better reception for us than, for example, Germany. In Germany they greeted us with whistles and jeers and here with normal applause."
The Ukraine Otamans won the first bout of the series when Hasanboy Dusmatov defeated David Ayrapetyan in a light flyweight bout.
However, the Russian Boxing Team dominated the next four matches. Vladimir Nikitin beat Mykola Butsenko (bantamweight); Radzab Butaev beat Denys Berinchyk (light welterweight); Artem Chebotaeve def. Dmytro Mytrofanov (middleweight); and Evgeniy Tischenko beat Siarhei Karneyeu all via unanimous decision to clinch the win.
Russia and Ukraine meets in the second leg of the quarterfinals on Friday this time in Donestk, Ukraine. The winner will draw with either the USA Knockouts or the Cuba Domadores in the semifinals of the 2014 World Series of Boxing.
Ukraine vs. Russia - Leg 2 of Quarterfinals
Azat Usenaliev vs. Bakhtor Nazirov (flyweight)
Pavlo Ishchenko vs.Dmitriy Polyankiy (lightweight)
Taras Golovachenko vs. Alexander Besputin (welterweight)
Oleksandr Ganzulia vs.Eduard Yakushev (light heavyweight)
Iegor Plevako vs. Maxim Babanin (super heavyweight)
Oleksandr Khyshniak vs.danil Shved (super heavyweight)
The organizers, boxers and fans, like that in the Russian leg, are hoping that the matches will all be out boxing and none of the garbage called politics.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Still The World Champions: Team USA Overpowers Serbia, 129-92 To Win 2014 FIBA World Cup [PHOTOS]
- Kendall Jenner Could Be Next Victoria's Secret Angel [PHOTOS]
- From Fat To Fit: Celebrities Who Were Overweight Before They Became The Beauties That They Are
- Taylor Swift Named People's Best Dressed Stars Of 2014 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Rafael Nadal’s Coach Reveals The Spanish Athlete Will Be Back On Court Soon
- Manny Pacquiao Is The Greatest Fighter That Ever Lived Declares Magician David Blaine
- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Superfight Won’t Happen Because Floyd Is Scared Of Left-Handed Boxers, Pacman - Bob Arum
- Serena Williams Shows Off Her Bikini Body With Eva Longoria At The Miami Beach After US Open Victory
- Marin Cilic Is The Third-Highest Earner On ATP Tour With His $3M US Open Prize Money
- iOS 8 Release Date Of Sept 17 Has Arrived: Update Begins At 10AM Pacific Time, Upgrade Your iDevices With iOS 7.1.2 First To Install iOS 8
- Why Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Not The Best Smartphone To Purchase Now? If You Still Want To, Wait For A Month To Get It Cheap
- Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 October Release Date Roundup: Freshly Leaked Protective Case Debuts Unique Vent Alongside Camera
- Google Nexus 6 Release Date on Q4 2014 Confirmed by T-Mobile Featuring Wi-Fi Calling
- Canadian IS Jihadist Wants to ‘Play Soccer’ with Heads of US Decapitated Soldiers
- Warning to U.S. – ISIS Has Shot Down a Syrian Regime Fighter Jet
- Spice Dream Uno vs Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Android One Smartphone to Challenge The Existing Budget Friendly Smartphone