I’m Ukrainian And I Cannot Cheer For Oleksandr Usyk Or Vasiliy Lomachenko
ShareTweetIt seems strange that anyone from Ukraine does not want to support Vasiliy l Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk, who are surely two of the five best fighters in Ukrainian history. It seems even stranger that anyone in Ukraine can cheer on their opponents - even if it's Dereck Chisora, who is due to fight Usyk […]

It seems strange that anyone from Ukraine does not want to support Vasiliy l Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk, who are surely two of the five best fighters in Ukrainian history. It seems even stranger that anyone in Ukraine can cheer on their opponents - even if it's Dereck Chisora, who is due to fight Usyk this weekend and who once spat in the face of fellow Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko.

But there are a lot of Ukrainians who think this way.

In August 2014, as a result of Russia's war against Ukraine, my family and I had to flee our hometown of Donetsk. It was during this period that the professional boxing careers of Lomachenko and Usyk began to gain momentum. Back then - during the deadliest phase of the Russian aggression - many Ukrainians (including me) celebrated their boxing victories more than just sporting victories. 'Ukraine' and 'victory' were, and still are, the words we wanted to hear as closely as possible in close relation.

But then Lomachenko and Usyk began to speak and act.

In October 2014, Usyk traveled to Crimea (his home region), already annexed by Russia, to participate in the opening of a boxing tournament with the biggest local separatist and main muppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sergei Aksenov, Like nothing ever happened.

Let me repeat: in early October 2014 the eastern part of Ukraine is on fire, Donetsk airport turns into modern Ukraine Stalingrad, Crimea is occupied and covered with Russian flags - but a Ukrainian boxer Usyk laughed at it all as he hung out with the godfather of local collaborators in his hometown of Simferopol and those like Aksenov.

What has Usyk been saying all this time?

"His uncomfortable go there (Crimea)… ”

"Some borders appeared…"

"I try not to argue political subjects with friends there… ”

“Our tsars [presidents of Ukraine and Russia] are disagree on Something… ”

Totally unacceptable quotes from a Ukrainian citizen (not to mention a boxer), in the midst of the military aggression of Putin and his proxies who have already killed more than 10,000 people. One would probably never guess what Usyk was talking about without knowing the context first.

Usyk has a model of bad judgment. In March of this year, with Covid-19 already on the agenda, he arrogantly called the pandemic 'bullshit' while discussing whether people should continue to attend churches and take part in all the dangerous rituals. for health.

He doesn't have the courage to say what exactly has been going on in Ukraine since 2014. He can't be crazy not to understand something that he can see with his own eyes in Crimea. You could say that Usyk can't talk openly about some things because he still has relatives living in Crimea. I'm sorry, but that's a very weak argument for a person of his scale and resources.

In these extremely difficult and difficult times, you want your country's most famous and respected representatives to have a firm and clear stand on important issues without standing on the sidelines and flirting with shameful pro-Russian political movements. You want them to also carry your nation's combat flag through blood and tears with dignity. However, Usyk's current public stance can only bring disrespect to many of those who risk their lives on the front lines as well as those ordinary people who have suffered in war.

As for Lomachenko, he is essentially Usyk's twin brother: just as disrespectful to his compatriots through his actions and words.

Some time ago, Lomachenko posted a “motivational” religious video on Instagram with Russian special forces (supposedly polite) who were directly involved in the annexation of Crimea. Instead of admitting his fault, bad taste, and apologies, he would simply start removing negative comments before posting a follow-up post to back up his previous disgusting blow with appalling poetry of a religious nature. Needless to say, the volume of deserved angry criticism he received from Ukrainians was enormous.

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Add to the above his, "We have some political tension with Russia. "

"They above [Ukrainain and Russian politicians] to have some disagreements."

"His it's none of my business and I don't want to comment. "

"I want everyone to have their own opinion on that [war]" - and it is easy to see why many Ukrainians supported Teofimo Lopez in Lomachenko's last fight. Another Ukrainian boxer, Ivan Redkach, even bet money on Lopez.

Usyk and Lomachenko should stop talking and acting like those who don't want Ukrainian flags replaced with Russian flags as long as their asses are in warm and safe places with the cash register still ringing.

Instead of accepting criticism from many of their compatriots at least partially and trying to understand the roots of their discontent, the two boxers still show how stubbornly stupid and narrow-minded they are in almost every public appearance. .

For me, the real heroes are those ethnic Russians in muddy Ukrainian trenches, who keep our defense tight against Putin's hordes. These Russians who resist the Putin regime and are not afraid to support Ukraine. They are more Ukrainians to me than Usyk and Lomachenko, who are great boxers but, unfortunately, did not turn out to be great Ukrainians, regardless of their past and future athletic achievements.

They didn't live up to their real fight in a much bigger ring. Waving the national flag or wearing a tracksuit with Ukrainian symbols is not enough for people of their public caliber.

The last thought goes to Igor Gritsaenko, Active sergeant major of Ukraine Marine Corps.

“In the midst of our war of liberation against Russia, people like Usyk and Lomachenko behave like sluts with no moral values ​​vis-à-vis their own country. I don't see them as my compatriots, no matter what their passports say. For me, supporting them is like the Greeks supporting the Persians in ancient times. Can you imagine that? No.

"They are traitors and we do not consider them to be real Ukrainian athletes. That is why we will cheer all other sportsmen who genuinely support Ukraine in its battle against our eternal enemy for our European and democratic future.. "

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Alex Sereda is the editor of Tribuna.com. It can be found on Twitter @ Alex_Sereda8.

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A quick list of 16 basic boxing tips your se progager should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !

Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with satisfaisant form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.

Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.

Drink lots of water. One cup every hour minimum ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another frapper beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw bermuda hooks, bermuda uppercuts, and bermuda rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and hard punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the hard punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy running around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially hard for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !

When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the puncher to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.

The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ boxer then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).

The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. tera assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :

Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed frapper should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a quarante cinq degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about 7. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.

The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the vous défouler sur to defend or attack from a balanced position. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using short sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.

The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving fitness, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving fitness, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a short side punch. Uppercut — a bermuda swinging upward punch.

The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before impact and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.

The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the frapper open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on impact. Keep the left hand in a guarding place to avoid a counter.

A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before effet. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.

HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the frapper to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of effet, the palm faces down.

UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. to make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the boxer off balance.

en définitive to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed boxer will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the frapper must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the puncher to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed puncher.


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