Vasyl Lomachenko wears a Ukrainian military style combat kit for the first fight against Jamaine Ortiz after serving in home defense during the war with Russia

Vasyl Lomachenko chose to wear a unique fight kit in the style of Ukrainian military attire for his fight against Jamaine Ortiz on Saturday night in New York.

The Ukrainian star made his return to the ring after serving in his local Territorial Defense Force earlier this year during the war with Russia.

Lomachenko and his team wore a combat kit that resembled the uniform he wore when he joined the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky Territorial Defense

Loma lost his lightweight belts to Teofimo Lopez in a big upset at the end of 2020, but bounced back last year with two strong wins that put him in position to challenge for world titles again.

In another big shock, Australian George Kambosos Jr dethroned Lopez in 2021 and then went in search of his first defense.

Lomachenko was the first to take this opportunity, but declared himself unavailable to fight.

When Russia invaded Ukraine, he returned directly home to join his family and enlisted in its local territorial defense force in the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky region.

The Ukrainian was offered by government officials the chance to leave the country to train for the Kambosos Jr fight but turned it down to stay and defend his homeland if necessary.

As a result, American Devin Haney fought Kambosos Jr instead, masterfully defeating the Australian to crown himself the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight world champion.

Loma ultimately decided to leave his home country in July to continue his quest for the world title, but insisted his spirit remains with his fellow Ukrainians ahead of his fight against Ortiz.

β€œI want to dedicate this fight to all my Ukrainian people. I proudly carry the flag every time I step into the ring,” Lomachenko said.

“I love my sport and I’m so happy to be back. My goal is to win the undisputed lightweight title, but I won’t take Jamaine Ortiz lightly.

On the evening of the fight, he wore equipment that resembled his uniform in the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky Territorial Defense.

It featured camo colors, plus the Ukrainian flag on one sleeve and the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky city flag on the other.


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