Dalakian is the un­sung mem­ber of a dec­o­rated Ukrainian four­some

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FOUR Ukraini­ans cur­rently reign as world cham­pi­ons – Va­syl Lo­machenko, Olek­sandr Usyk, Olek­sandr Gvozdyk and Artem

Dalakian [above], 17-0 (12). The lat­ter is un­doubt­edly the least known of the quar­tet, but that’s mainly due to the unglam­orous weight divi­sion he op­er­ates at (fly­weight), rather than any­thing else. The man from Dnipropetro­vsk has proved him­self as a force to be reck­oned with at 112lbs by con­quer­ing re­spected ri­vals in Brian Vilo­ria (ud 12 – Fe­bru­ary) and Yod­mongkol CP Fresh­mart (rsf 8 – June) al­ready this year. This Satur­day (De­cem­ber 15), he aims to main­tain this im­pres­sive form when he puts his WBA ti­tle on the line against the Do­mini­can Repub­lic’s

Gre­go­rio Le­bron, 21-4 (16). The Parkovy Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Kiev, Ukraine is the venue for this Union Box­ing pro­mo­tion. In his two most high-pro­file bouts, Le­bron twice lost out to then-un­beaten Stamp Ki­at­ni­wat on for­eign soil in Thai­land – both times via ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion ( July 2015 and Fe­bru­ary 2016). The Santo Domingo na­tive has won all eight since, but an in­side-the-dis­tance de­feat likely awaits him against Dalakian.


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