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Oleksandr Teslenko Fights in Montreal on January 30

Jan 26, 2016 | Newpathway, Featured, Arts & Culture

Global Legacy Boxing.

At the beginning of the last century, Eastern Europe produced some of the greatest prizefighters in boxing history. Many of them immigrated to the United States to pursue their fistic dreams which resulted in great success. Over 100 years later the story remains the same. Many of today’s best fighters hail from Eastern Europe once again. Ukraine, in particular, has become an incredibly fertile breeding ground for elite level, world class fighters. Some of the sweet science’s most accomplished prizefighters hail from Ukraine, such as the recently crowned WBC super lightweight world champion, Viktor Postol and current WBO world featherweight champion Vasyl Lomanchenko. Many boxing writers consider him to be the finest pound for pound prizefighter in boxing today.

Of course, no discussion on top flight Ukrainian boxers would be complete without mentioning the Klitchko brothers, Volodymyr and Vitaliy, who have dominated heavyweight boxing for the past 12 years. Today, there is one more boxer that can be added to that select list. His name is Oleksandr Teslenko and he is a young, exciting, talented heavyweight fighter from Ukraine that has recently immigrated to Canada, where he has been turning heads all over boxing gyms in Toronto.Teslenko stands 6’4” tall and weighing in the neighbourhood of 220 lbs; he certainly has the size and range to compete in today’s heavyweight ranks.

Oleksandr “Sasha” Teslenko was born to Sergei and Olena Teslenko on July 16, 1992, in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Only 23 years of age, Teslenko has youth on his side and can afford to take the time to develop his boxing talents in the ring. Teslenko started boxing in Ukraine at the tender young age of seven in 1999. Oleksandr has tremendous potential and he has looked absolutely devastating in his first two pro matches. He is a technically brilliant boxer and he had over 247 amateur fights of which he won 224, an impressive record any way you choose to look at it. He trains very, very hard. Oleksandr has a chance to go all the way to a world title. Teslenko fought and defeated some of the best amateur boxers in the world.

Sasha’s mother Olena attended the state university of Chernivtsi and graduated in 2006 with a degree in social, pedagogical and sports psychology. She now lives and works in Chernivtsi city, Ukraine. His father Sergei went to college in 1989 where he learned to carve various types of wood, out of which he made furniture in Ukraine. He lives and works in Chernivtsi city in the furniture industry.

Sasha has a 13 year-old brother named Danilo who really looks up to his big brother with stars in his eyes. Danilo goes to a special sports school where he takes boxing in Chernivtsi city. He also hopes to become a professional boxer, just like his brother.

Sasha has had two professional fights and his talent and potential have shone through in each bout. He is an orthodox fighter with a punishing jab who likes to work the body before switching his attack upstairs, landing potent straight rights and punishing left hooks. Sasha knocked out his first two opponents by using his size and reach advantages to great effect. Indeed, it is rare for a fighter his age to show such ring generalship this early in his pro career. He is an exciting fighter to watch as he has the potential to end a fight at any time with one punch from either hand. Global Legacy Boxing is looking forward to big things from Sasha in 2016. He is fighting on the undercard of the Jean Pascal-Sergey Kovalev light-heavyweight on January 30 in Montreal.

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