Olympic Athlete Spotlight: Oleksandr Khyzhniak

  • Oleksandr Khyzhniak is the number one ranked middleweight boxer in the world.
  • Khyzhniak is heavily favored to win the Olympic gold medal with -225 odds.

TOKYO—As the 2021 Summer Olympics continue, the Men’s Middleweight Boxing event is winding down to medaling out. The one boxer in this weight class that should be given his time in the spotlight is Oleksandr Khyzhniak, who is representing Ukraine.

With this middleweight event going into the semifinals phase of the competition, online sportsbooks have Oleksandr Khyzhniak as the heavy favorite to walk away with the gold medal, and looking further into the boxer's history, it's not hard to see why.

Olympic Boxing – Men’s Middleweight 75kg

  • Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR) -225
  • Eumir Marcial (PHI) +350
  • Gleb Bakshi (ROC) +800
  • Herbert Conceicao (BRA) +1000

Oleksandr Khyzhniak is as seasoned as a perfectly cooked steak, with plenty of elite world championship and gold medal experience seen throughout his career to back up his current Olympic odds. Since 2012, he has earned four gold medals, including the 2012 Youth World Championships, the 2017 World Championships, the 2017 European Championships, and the 2019 European Games.

In addition to his gold medals, he has also been the top-ranked boxer at the Standja Memorial boxing tournament for the past three years.

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Dancing around the ring more into his previous achievements, he was awarded the 2020 AIBA Best In Boxing Award from the Ukrainian Boxing Federation and was also named the 2017 Best Male Athlete of the Year for the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.

Another interesting fact about this "almost" Tokyo 2020 boxing gold medalist to take into account for his odds to win it all is something he accomplished prior to the 2020 Olympic Games; Khyzhniak defeated fellow Olympian, Gleb Bakshi, who sits with the second shortest odds to win the gold medal. Already beating the second in line to the throne of Olympic glory in the past bodes well for Khyzhniak to see Olympic Gold stars in his eyes for the sport of boxing when all is said and done.