The city of Odessa has been a haven for Ukrainian Muaythai talents. Famous champions like Igor Liubchenko, Segey Kulyaba, Tsotne Rogava, Oleg Guta and many more made their career in the most titled Muaythai gym Captain.
Last week Odessa again invited Ukrainian Muaythai practitioners to compete in the first event of 2018 the Ukrainian Muaythai Cup. More than 300 participants came to compete for medals and challenge Ukrainian stars, and so many great bouts took place during three competition days with finals telecasted at the European Muaythai Federation Facebook page. More than 30,000 people could watch bouts live and follow the world and European champions making their way towards Cancun.
57 kg started the programme of final bouts with Roman Vagilevich who is the silver medalist of the European Championships 2017 in Paris was a clear favourite of the bout against Andriy Mezentsev and it was an amazing bout with Roman using his experience to win gold. Both athletes left a lot to say in the ring for the following round of the Ukrainian Cup and the crowd will be happy to see this bout again. Both athletes were worth winning and Ukraine can be proud to have two athletes of the highest level in one weight division.
Mykhaylo Vasylyoglo current European Champion was to test skills of Maksim Mihnich who is the gym mate of the 75 kg division European silver medalist 2016 Stanislav Perzhanovsky from Kharkov. Maksim truly showed the champion’s spirit and gave a great fight but it was not enough to outskill Mykhaylo who contributed to the team victory for Odessa.
63.5 is a number in Ukrainian Muaythai which belongs to the one and only multiple champion of Europe and World Igor Liubchenko. This year another Kharkov athlete Vadim Upir had an opportunity to learn from the best Ukrainian Muaythai currently has in 63.5 kg. It is remarkable how athletes have someone to compete against and learn not leaving their country.
It was a first time for Oleg Guta when he entered the ring as a current European Champion, and the crowd cheered him with a round of applause when he performed his wai kru. Another Odessa athlete challenged Oleg but it was not the time when Oleg would let anyone get in the way of his winning series confidently winning all three rounds.
There were many amazing bouts and Ukraine is waiting for the following edition of the Ukrainian Cup to enjoy the bouts of the world-class at their native countries. For the rest of Europe EMF will offer to join the event live on its Facebook page. Good luck to Ukrainian athletes and congratulations to Ukrainian Muaythai Federation on staging bouts worth best events.
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