3Sad news has come from Odessa, Ukraine: famous Russian amateur heavyweight Roman Romanchuk has passed away from the cardiac attack. He was only 37-years-old.

Roman Romanchuk was very succesful amateur until the tragic incident that happened  July 28, 2008 when he was arrested by the police in Vladivostok, Russia for shooting a man in the eye in a drunken fight.

He was convicted of "murder committed with excessive force in self-defense" and sentenced to 1 year 6 months of imprisonment on March 27, 2009. According to the judge, the victim, a 22-year-old Oleg Meshkov attacked Romanchuk, but Romanchuk went beyond self-defense when he took the Osa non-lethal pistol from Meshkov, shot him in the face and punched and kicked him in the head.

His boxing career was over after this incident, but before it was very successful - he won silver medals on the World and European championships, beat some of the best amateurs of that period of time like Luis Ortiz and future Olympic champions Odlanier Solis & Roberto Cammarelle.

Romanchuk, who was born in Ukraine, returned to his home country few years ago and spent there last years of his life.

 

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