Earlier today Kazakh website Vesti.kz reported that Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (7-0, 7) [Дычко Иван] was targeting a March 1st bout.
Vesti have quoted Dychko's manager, Ziya Aliyev, as saying “Ivan, most likely, will fight on March 1. We are discussing this now,” (Translated) and added "The fight is likely to be six-round. The boxer has not played for a long time.” (also translated)
Sadly there are no details such as opponent being mentioned in the Kazakh press, and we dare suggest that it's unlikely ton be anyone too interesting, given that Dychko hasn't fought since stopping "Mo" Harris back in July, in 99 seconds.
Interestingly Dychko fought his first bout of 2018 in March, stopping Stephen Kirnon in 38 seconds, and despite that result opening the door to a busy year he would only fight twice more, taking out both Michael Marrone and the aforementioned Harris, both in the opening round.
To date Dychko, who turned professional in September 2017 with huge expectations, has fought a combined 11 rounds. He is yet to see the start of round 4 and is yet to show even a fraction of the potential he showed in the amateur ranks. His career has essentially been a huge disappointment, and at the age of 28 it really is now or never for the 2-time Olympian and 2-time World Amateur Championship silver medal winner.
It's fair to say that on the whole 2018 has been a massive success for Asian boxing, and boxers from across Asia. There have however been some notable disappointments, such as Ryuya Yamanaka's sudden retirement following a cerebral haematoma suffered against Vic Saludar, Ryota Murata losing the WBA "regular" Middleweight title to Rob Brant and the lack of unification bouts.
For us however the biggest disappointment was the management of Ivan Dychko.
The 6'9" Kazakh Heavyweight should have been one of the most easy to manage, promote and develop fighters on the planet. His team should have been able to race him through the ranks in 2018 and prepare him for some notable names by the start of 2019. He is, afterall, from the same Olympic class as Joe Joyce, Tony Yoka and Filip Hrgovic, and won a bronze medal with Hrgovic after losing to Joyce in his semi-final. The 3 other fighters just named were also medal winners at Rio and have all advanced their careers quickly, with the same or fewer fights.
In 2018 Dychko one of the most accomplished amateurs in recent memory, fought for less than 5 minutes, scoring 3 opening round wins. The most notable of those was a win over 42 year old Maurice Harris in July, in what was Dychko's last fight of the year. He's not injured, he's not unwell, he's just being horribly managed, having bouts arranged and not take place and being left in the dirt by his fellow 2016 Olympic medal winners. In fact Bakhodir Jalolov, who didn't win an Olympic medal, has fought 3 times since Dychko last fought and already seems to be on par with Dychko in terms of professional development.
Just to put something into perspective. Since Dychko last fought Hrgovic has beaten Amir Mansour and Kevin Johnson, whilst Joyce has beaten Iago Kiladze and Joe Hanks. They have advanced their careers massively whilst Dychko's has stalled, horribly. Even
Unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko's (7-0, 7) [Дычко Иван] had been scheduled to be in action on November 24th before his bout got cancelled, about 2 weeks before the show. It seemed like his team had plans, delaying his return to get him a better fight, today however it seems like there is no set plan in place for the return of the 2-time Olympian.
Dychko's trainer, Derek Santos-Rossario, has been quoted in the Kazakh sports websites as stating "It is a pity that the scheduled fight of Dychko did not take place. We continue to train and are ready to fight any day. Unfortunately, so far there has been no news from the Manager. I think that the next outing in the ring for Dychko will be in the new year" .
Unfortunately Dychko hasn't fought since July, when he stopped Maurice Harris in 99 seconds, and has fought 3 times this year, scoring 3 straight opening round stoppages against opponents that were all very limited. Given he's now 28 he can't afford to be inactive, or wasting time against opponents that won't move his career along, so we're hoping that his 2019 return will be against someone of some note, not an old washed up fighter, or a limited novice. Given his amateur pedigree it's very disappointing to see how slowly Dychko is being moved, when other fighters from the 2016 Olympics, such as Joe Joyce, Tony Yoka and Filip Hrgovic are all being moved in much better fashion.
Earlier today we were informed that Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko's (7-0, 7) [Дычко Иван] scheduled bout for November 24th has been cancelled.
The reasons for the cancellation haven't been stated as of yet, but unfortunately it's another hiccup in the career of Dychko, who desperately needs a big stage and a notable opponent to give his promising career some real momentum.
The bout was supposed to be a 6 rounder on the under-card of Dmitry Bivol's (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] WBA Light Heavyweight title defense against Jean Pascal (33-5-1-1, 20).
At the time of writing Dychko's return hasn't been rescheduled, just cancelled, which is a shame given that he has fought only 3 times all year, and none of those fights have been anything more than a cameo.
Earlier this month we reported that Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (7-0, 7) [Дычко Иван] would be returning on November 30th. It's now been confirmed that his next outing has actually been brought forward and instead he will be fighting on November 24th, as part of a card headlined by WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol battling Jean Pascal.
Dychko's bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood will be a 6 rounder and although we've not yet been told who his opponent will be we are hoping for a step up in class , given his competition so far has been dreadful. He's a talented fighter who needs to be tested sooner rather than later.
Interesting Dychko is one of a number of Central Asian fighters on the card, along with Shakhram Giyasov (5-0, 4) [Shahram G‘iyosov], Isrial Madrimov (0-0) [Isroil Madrimov] and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], all of whom are expected to become big stars in the coming years.
(Image courtesy of Vesti.kz/boxer team photos)
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