The only fighting star boxer, Vasyl Lomachenko, will do now for the foreseeable future is for his home country against Russia … so says his manager, who tells TMZ Sports Loma will remain in Ukraine until the war ends.
Lomachenko has been in the war-torn country since February — shortly after Russia’s initial invasion — choosing to forego a championship fight with George Kambosos Jr. to stick around and help his fellow countrymen in the war.
And, Egis Klimas, who manages Lomachenko’s boxing career, told us out in L.A. on Wednesday the plan is for that to continue until all of the fighting in Ukraine stops.
Klimas, though, did ensure Lomachenko is staying safe while the war rages on.
“He’s doing good,” Klimas said. “He’s in the safe place in Ukraine. He’s in the corner. The place where he’s at, it’s not a war zone. He’s not in a war zone.”
Lomachenko last fought in the ring in December, beating Richard Commey via a unanimous decision. He was expected to fight Kambosos Jr. in June … before the war caused Loma to pull out of the bout.
Kamboso Jr. has said he will remake the fight with Lomachenko after he leaves Ukraine — and wished him the best while he fights for his home country.
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Klimas, meanwhile, says Oleksandr Usyk, one of the other star boxers he manages who joined the forces in Ukraine back in February, has left the country and is in the process of preparing for his rematch against Anthony Joshua.