Yesterday Kazakh sources reported that unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван] was planning to be back in action on either October 24th or October 26th.
The full details weren't made totally clear, and he seemingly has no opponent set for the date, but it's nice to see he is targeting a fight in the coming weeks.
After fighting 4 times in the first 4 months of his career Dychko's inactivity has dropped off massively, with 3 bouts in 2018, none of which lasted more than a round, and just 2 fights already this year. Sadly it's not only been his activity but also the quality of opposition that has come under question with Dychko's best win coming against a 38 year old Ray Austin back in May. That was a Ray Austin who was fighting at a career heaviest and had fought just 6 rounds in the previous 2 years, and as mentioned was 48.
Compared to the other medal winners from the Super Heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympics Dychko's development does seem to be the slowest and the least impressive so far. Fingers crossed that changes soon.
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According to Kazakh news sources unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван] is pencilled in to fight in October, with a "late October" date seeming the most likely.
The unbeaten Dychko was an amateur standout, but his professional career, so far, has been nothing short of a frustration with poor opposition fight after fight.
We're hoping that the October bout will be a step up, though seems more likely that Dychko's baby step approach to moving through the ranks will continue here. He deserves to be tested but it very much feels like his promotional company are playing safe, too safe in fact.
Whilst there is no set date or opponent it seems likely that the bout will take place in Atlantic City, when it finally takes place.
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A week ago we reported that Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (8-0, 8) [Дычко Иван] would be returning on July 12th against against US based Brazilian Raphael Zumbano (39-16-1, 31). That bout was a hard one to defend and only days after that report rumours started swirling that the bout was off, with Zumbano no longer being set to face Dychko.
Today it's been confirmed that Zumbano is indeed out, with with Vesti.kz reporting that the fighter's manager, Ziya Aliyev, revealing that Dychko didn't want to face Zumbano anyway, and the decision was actually made by the promoter.
Dychko was hoping to face a better opponent that Zumbano, with Gregory Corbin (15-2, 9), who recently lost to Filip Hrgovic and Charles Martin, being named as someone they were looking at. Sadly however it now seems like the promoter has settled on another less than enthralling assignment for Dychko, with Nate Heaven (9-2, 7) now looking likely to be Dychko's foe for the July bout.
Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (8-0, 8) [Дычко Иван] has been a really frustrating fighter to get behind, with some awful promotion and match making.
Despite obvious talent, and a great amateur pedigree, his career has been one that hasn't yet clicked, or advanced to the the point that we even know if he's a good professional.
Part of the issue wit Dychko has been poor match making, whilst another problem has been his inactivity, with long breaks between many of his bouts.
There was 10 months between his last 2 bouts, with a win in July 2018 over Maurice Harris being followed by a 10 month break before beating Ray Austin in May. Thankfully it appears his next bout won't be too far away, with boxrec listing his next bout as being set for July 12th against against US based Brazilian Raphael Zumbano (39-16-1, 31).
If this bout does take place it will be Zumbano's first bout in almost 2 years, and follows back to back opening round blow out losses, and a trio of defeats fating back almost 3 years.
Whilst it's good to see Dychko having another bout just months after win over Austin it's a shame that this is another pointless match up against an old, seemingly retired, opponent who serves no purpose in developing the Kazakh. Fingers crossed that he will begin to be matched much, much tougher in the near future.
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Earlier this month Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (8-0, 8) [Дычко Иван] picked up his latest win, stopping former world title challenger Ray Austin (29-10-4, 18).
The win was, on paper, the best of Dychko's career, though it is worth noting that Austin isn't the fighter he once way and the win really didn't tell us too much about Dychko.
Now it seems that Dychko's career is finally going to get going properly, after some really frustrating months, and he is now scheduled to fight in a 10 round bout on July 12th.
Kazakh site Vesti.kz have apparently been told by the fighters manager, Ziya Aliyev, that the opponent and venue are yet to be decided.
Whilst there has never been any suggestion that Aliyev is holding back Dychko it does seem like his promotional team The Heavyweight Factory, have so far failed to promote Dychko in a manner fitting of his talent. The Kazakh giant, a double Olympic bronze medal winner, has been a professional since September 2017 but has only fought a combined 14 rounds, and has had multiple dates fall through which actually caused him to be out of the ring for over 10 months at one point.
If Dychko can be kept active he can be a force, but at 28 he really does need to begin to kick on, and if the July date falls through, which wouldn't be a huge surprise, he could end up being 29 by the time of his next fight.
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