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Photos: Bloomfield boxers fight their way from Ukraine

click to enlarge Oleg “The Ukrainian Pitbull” Dovhun of the Conn-Greb boxing club waits in the hallways before his fight on Saturday night at Printscape Arena in Canonsburg. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Oleg “The Ukrainian Pitbull” Dovhun of the Conn-Greb boxing club waits in the hallways before his fight on Saturday night at Printscape Arena in Canonsburg.
Two years ago, after showing up to a local boxing event because I wanted to stretch my photography muscles during a slow winter of work, I wandered into the basement of the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead to find a ton of guys getting wrapped and ready for their fights. This was a world I was completely unfamiliar with, but after walking around mostly lost (and unsure of where I was actually allowed to photograph), the man in charge, Mike McSorley of Integrity Fighter Management, introduced me to his two fighters: Oleg Dovhun and Lyubomyr Pinchuk, fresh from Ukraine.

Since then, I've watched the two men dominate the region in their respective weight classes and am honored to consider the Conn-Greb boxing team all friends. It had been a while since I had caught up with their crew, and with a night of big fights on the schedule for both guys at Printscape Arena in Canonsburg, I wanted to make sure I was there to document it. Oleg continued his undefeated streak with a third-round TKO and Lyubomyr, who suffered a broken hand in the second round of the fight, went on to win the eight-round battle for the PA state title with only one loss on his overall record.

Boxing has such a rich history in Pittsburgh, and I think you'll be seeing many big things out of these two in the future. Enjoy my visuals from the night of fights!
click to enlarge Lyubomyr “The Demolition Man” Pinchuk and Oleg Dovhun wait for their fights to start in the locker room. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr “The Demolition Man” Pinchuk and Oleg Dovhun wait for their fights to start in the locker room.
click to enlarge Oleg Dovhun - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Oleg Dovhun
click to enlarge Oleg Dovhun - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Oleg Dovhun
click to enlarge Lyubomyr Pinchuk - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr Pinchuk
click to enlarge Lyubomyr Pinchuk - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr Pinchuk
click to enlarge Oleg Dovhun - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Oleg Dovhun
click to enlarge Oleg Dovhun practices with Mike McSorley in the locker room. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Oleg Dovhun practices with Mike McSorley in the locker room.
click to enlarge Oleg Dovhun and Mike McSorley celebrate his third-round TKO. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Oleg Dovhun and Mike McSorley celebrate his third-round TKO.
click to enlarge Lyubomyr Pinchuk - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr Pinchuk
click to enlarge Lyubomyr Pinchuk - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr Pinchuk
click to enlarge Lyubomyr Pinchuk - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr Pinchuk
click to enlarge Lyubomyr Pinchuk - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr Pinchuk
click to enlarge Lyubomyr Pinchuk wins the PA state title belt. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lyubomyr Pinchuk wins the PA state title belt.

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