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.
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
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