The last All-Union Boxing Tournament dedicated to the memory of 68 Heroes-paratroopers was held March 27-31, 1987 in the sport school No 6. It was organized by the Honored coach of Ukraine Oleh Hryhoriev. Mykolaiv residents Bohdan Levytskyi, Oleksandr Klimov won this tournament 7 times, Oleksandr Boiko – 5 times, Mykhailo Petryshyn – 3 times.
In 1982 the Tournament was won by a famous boxer Serhii Korchynskyi (71 kg).
After 1987 the Tournament was not held.
After 11 years, in March 1998, in the Sport Palace “Zorya” the same tournament was held with the participation of many teams from Ukraine and Moldova. At that time Yurii Boiko won the main prize for will to victory.
The most important goals of the tournament are education of young sportsmen by the example of courage and devotion of the Heroes-paratroopers, who were led by Kostyantyn Olshanskyi, and also Master of Sports title award to winners.
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In 2014 upon the initiative of Vadym Merikov and Mykola Khadzhyohlo the boxing tournament dedicated to the memory of 68 Heroes-paratroopers, who liberate the city from Nazis invaders in 1944, was renewed in Mykolaiv. Also there was formed new organizing committee. The tournament was included in official calendar of events and supported by the All-Ukrainian Boxing Federation and also Mykolaiv Boxing Federation.
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Vadym Merikov
Vadym Merikovan initiator of tournament renewal
Boxing tournaments became a good tradition of a memory. I am sure, that all tournament participants are the winners. Because box is a school of life. Box does not teach us fight, but take a punch. I wish all sportsmen bright victories, new achievements and always have a victory in heart on a ring!
Mykola Khadzhyohlo
Mykola KhadzhyohloVice-President of Mykolaiv Region Boxing Federation, Honored Coach
Many years we have held different boxing tournaments, but we always wanted to change a format and take another level. It is good that each year the tournament changes, format improves, and the amount of participants grows. This experience will help sportsmen to win new prizes at other professional competitions.
Oksana Yanishevska
Oksana Yanishevskaa member of organizing committee
To be sure, box is one of the most successful sports in our region. Our boxers represent Mykolaiv region at Ukrainian and World’s Championships. I am sure, that renewal of this boxing tournament will become great base for sportsmen and their coaches.
© 2018 INTERNATIONAL BOXING TOURNAMENT dedicated to the memory of 68 Heroes-paratroopers