Maksym Kagal, kickboxing world champion in 2014 and Ukrainian reference in this sport, is the latest victim of this sport after the Russian invasion.
The boxer was part of the Azov battalion and defended the city of Mariupol, one of the hardest hit in the country by Russian bombing. His coach and local media confirmed the news.
“Glory to Ukraine. Glory to the nation. Death to the enemies. Unfortunately, the war takes the best. Defending the city of Mariupol, as part of the Azov battalion, died Maksym Kagal, the first kickboxing world champion of our club, the first kickboxing world champion in our glorious city of Kremenchuk,” Oleh Skyrta, who was his trainer, announced on social media.
Skyrta defined Kagal as “an honest and decent man” and swore to avenge his death. Political figures in the country, such as MP Sasha Ustinova, also mourned his death. Ustinova described him as a “hero” and pointed out that “he chose to defend his country rather than have a sporting career”.
️ Ukrainian kickboxing champion killed in action while defending Mariupol.
ISKA kickboxing champion Maksym Kagal was killed in the battle for the besieged city of Mariupol, his trainer has reported.
— Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 27, 2022
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