Report: Boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko, two-time Olympic gold medalist, joins Ukraine defense battalion – USA TODAY

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko has joined the Ukraine defense battalion amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ESPN reported Sunday.
In a post published Sunday on his athlete page on Facebook, Lomachenko, 34, is outfitted in military gear.
Lomachenko was in Greece when the invasion began, according to ESPN, and his flight home to Ukraine on Friday was delayed due to all air traffic being grounded. 
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The world champion in three weight classes (featherweight, junior featherweight and lightweight) flew into Bucharest and traveled through Romania on Saturday in order to reach his home outside of Odessa, ESPN said.
The current mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, and his brother, Wladimir– both heavyweight champions and Hall of Famers – are also defending Ukraine against Russia. 
Lomachenko has a 16-2 record with 11 knockouts. His next fight is set for June 5 in Melbourne, Australia, against Australian lightweight champion George Kambosos.
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