UKRAINE. (THECOUNT) — Oleg Prudky, a two-time Ukrainian boxing champion, was killed in Ukraine while fighting the war against Russia, the Ukrainian Boxing Federation announced on Monday. He ws 30.
Prudky was working with the Cherkasy Police special forces and was one of the four officers that were killed during an attack on Sunday, police said in a statement to talkSPORT on Tuesday.
“It is with sorrow that we inform you that the master of sports of international boxing class, the champion of Ukraine Oleg Prudky, was killed in the fights with Russian occupiers,” the Ukrainian Boxing Federation said in a statement on its Instagram page.
“Boxing Federation of Ukraine expresses condolences to the boxer’s family. Eternal memory to you Olezh.”
“On May 22, defending the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, our colleagues, police officers of the Special Operations Department of the KORD Department of the Main Directorate of the National Police, were killed,” the police said.
“They defended Ukraine – the dead police heroes of Cherkasy region.”
Before joining the forces to defend his country, Prudky boxed in amateur and semi-pro leagues and competed in several European championships, reports TMZ.
The super-lightweight became a two-time amateur champion and was part of the Ukrainian Otamans team in the World Series of Boxing semi-pro competition.