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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