Kyiv’s sold out Palace of Sports was the venue for a huge Saturday night of boxing in Ukraine, with Olympic Gold Medalist Oleksandr Usyk’s battle against Cuban Pedro Rodriguez headlining the event. The undercard of the event saw two key AIBA Pro Boxing contests starring local talent, with the experienced Middleweight Dmytro Mytrofanov facing Ecuador’s Marlo Delgado and Light Welterweight Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn against Qatar’s Thulasi Tharumalingam in front of more than 7000 spectators.

AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, who attended the match alongside fellow IOC Executive Board Member and Ukraine National Olympic Committee President, Mr Sergey Bubka, praised the event: “It was one of the best matches I have ever attended and I would like to congratulate the boxers and the organisers on the spectacular show”.