Yuri Bilinsky, New Pathway – Ukrainian News.
On the 53rd anniversary of the biggest boxing bout that Toronto has ever seen, Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo (March 29, 1966), Ukrainian Canadian fans were treated to the night of boxing with a strong Ukrainian theme. Called “The Takeover” and hosted by the Mattamy Athletic Centre, Lee Baxter Promotions – organized event featured three wins by Ukrainian boxers.
A promising 20-year-old Oleksandr Voytenko, originally from Ivano-Frankivsk and now fighting out of Edmonton, AB, defeated Adrian Arenas (Mexico) by a technical knock-out in round 3.
Oleksandr Teslenko, from Chernivtsi and fighting out of Toronto, ON, beat a former UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado from Brazil in the bout for the WBA-NABA heavyweight title, by a unanimous decision.
The main event, which finished at around mid-night, featured the Ukrainian Canadian fans’ favorite Stanyslav Skorokhod (born in the town of Slavutych, Kyiv oblast, boxing out of Glendale, California) who had already beaten his opponents twice on Canadian soil. This time, he knocked Jose Luis Zuniga down and out in round 2.
All three Ukrainian boxers were actively supported by numerous Ukrainian fans and accompanied by the MegaZabava’s team. An a cappella band Otava sang Ukrainian and Canadian anthems before the main fight.
Orest Haluszka’s MegaZabava supports Lee Baxter Promotions every time they have Ukrainian-themed boxing events in Canada. The next event is scheduled for October this year when Stanislav Skorokhod is expected to be fighting for a major belt title.