Ranking the 10 Best Eastern European Fighters in Boxing Today

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Ranking the 10 Best Eastern European Fighters in Boxing Today
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Even as longstanding, historic tensions flare up in his native Ukraine, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is preparing to defend his belts next month against Alex Leapai of Australia. Meanwhile, the elder Klitschko brother, Vitali, has stepped away from the sport to devote his full attention to helping his country through this time of crisis.

During the years of the Cold War, fighters from the Eastern European Soviet Bloc dominated the amateur scene. Since the fall of the "Iron Curtain," fighters from that region have gradually become fixtures in the professional ranks.

For this list I have included any boxers from transcontinental countries that straddle the Eurasian landmass. So a few of the names here are technically Asians.

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