Ukrainian boxer Denys Berinchyk defeated Frenchman Ivan Mendy in a fight for the title of European lightweight champion. The boxers covered the entire distance in 12 rounds, as a result of which the judges unanimously awarded the victory to the Ukrainian boxer: 117:112, 116:112 and 116:112.
The fight took place in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the undercard of the main fight of the evening between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora.
Berinchyk decided not to betray the traditions of the original appearance at the duel and went to the duel against Mendy in the uniform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The first round took place with traditional scouting, and in the next round the boxers began to add punches. In the third and fourth rounds, Berinchyk responded with a jab, moved a lot and tried to pin his opponent in the corner of the ring, but Mendy was able to cope with the onslaught.
In the seventh round, the Frenchman tried to pull the blanket over himself, while the Ukrainian tried to level the fight. In the eighth round, Mendy attacked a lot and responded to the blows, but in the next three minutes, the Ukrainian accelerated the pace and number of blows.
In the tenth round Mendy visited the style of the ring, but got to his feet. The championship rounds were even.
For Berinchyk, this fight was the first since December 2021. After the full-scale invasion of Russia, the athlete joined the territorial defense of Kyiv, visited the destroyed Kharkiv region and the Sumy region.
In the fight against Mendy, the Ukrainian not only won the EBU title, but also defended his WBO International belt.