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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Last night in the US fight fans had the chance to see the highly regarded, but horrifically frustrating, Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (8-0, 8) [Дычко Иван] record his latest win.
On paper it was his biggest to date, stopping former world title challenger Ray Austin (29-10-4, 18) in 3 rounds. In reality however there were few positives.
Firstly Austin is a guy closer to 50 years old than his prime, with his 49th birthday coming this October. Second this was only his second fight since being stopped in 4 rounds by Gerald Washington. It was a career heaviest weight for Austin, at a staggering 303lbs, and was more than 12 years removed from his world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko, back in March 2007.
Whilst complains about Austin as an opponent are valid it didn't help that the stoppage came when a rotund Austin complained about an injury to his arm, with that injury causing the bout to be halted.
This was Dychko's first bout in 10 months, and whilst we understand it's better for him to fight than to be on the sidelines a bout against an over the hill foe like Austin was always going to be a no win situation for the Kazakh who really needs his management team to sort out the mess of his career. He's now 29 and needs to be given important match ups, not more farces.
To his credit Austin put up a better test than he had any right to for a couple of rounds, making Dychko miss, but that was no expectations on him to do anything given his age, size and inactivity.
We can't help but think Dychko's decision to sign with The Heavyweight Factory, will be one he lives to regret given the way they have completely failed to develop him. A massive shame given the fact he was a fantastic amateur and has so much potential, potential that is currently being wasted.
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The increasingly frustrating career of Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (7-0, 7) [Дычко Иван] now looks like it'll continue on May 10th in Florida.
The unbeaten hopeful was was targeting a March 1st bout, though for some reason that slipped, without any major news, extending Dychko's absence from the ring. He's now not fought since a quick blow out win over Maurice Harris way back in July, having seen numerous bouts fall through.
His manager, Ziya Aliyev informed Kazakh sources that Dychko will begin training in the US next week ahead of the May 10th bout, though there is no opponent yet confirmed for the big man, who really should be a lot, lot further on with his professional career by now.
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