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Vasiliy Lomachenko Joins Klitschko Brothers in Defending Ukraine

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Vasiliy Lomachenko is currently the No. 8-ranked pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He's won world titles in three weight classes and took home gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Now he's put all of that aside to fight for his country.

Lomachenko has reportedly joined a territorial defense battalion in Ukraine to help his native land fend off an invasion from Russia. The 34-year-old was in Greece when the Russians invaded and his flight home was delayed on Friday. He wound up traveling to Bucharest, going through Romania and reaching his home outside Odessa to reunite with his family.

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have made headlines as retired boxers who are remaining in Ukraine to take up arms against the Russian invaders. Lomachenko and the Klitschkos are millionaires who could have easily gotten themselves and their families out of the country safely. Instead they've remained to protect their country.

Unlike the Klitschko brothers, Lomachenko is still active. He's supposed to fight undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos on June 5 in Australia. Those plans may need to be pushed back. He's currently 16-2, and is considered possibly the greatest amateur boxer in history after going 396-1 before turning pro.

Along with Lomachenko and the Klitschkos, Bellator champion Yaroslav Amosov has returned to Ukraine to fight as well.

These top level athletes defending their homeland from invasion are incredibly inspiring. It's bringing the importance of all this home. These men (and countless other men and women) are risking their lives in an attempt to ensure their way of life.