When we talk about fighters in this series we tend to look at fighters who are based in Asia, and are carving up on the national, or domestic scenes in their homelands. Today we look at someone a little bit different, who is originally from Uzbekistan, has competed for Russian in the amateur scene and actually began his professional career in the US. This coming weekend he will be fighting for the 4th time as a professional, and is someone who isn't a big name, but certainly looks like a natural talent.
Today we look at Dmitry Yun (3-0), a 26 year old Lightweight hopeful, who is undeniably talented, but had a lot to prove in the professional ranks, if he's to build on what was a success amateur career.
Although it's always tricky to find full amateur records Yun appears to have been on the radar in Russia since the mid 00's. He was regarded as highly in Russia way back in 2006, and was fighting in international competitions since at least 2007, when he competed in the European Schoolboys in England. Although he lost in his first bout, to eventual winner Joe Costello, he was getting international experience at a very young age. That continued in 2008, appearing as part of the Russian team in the 2008 Amber gloves in Kaliningrad, where he won 3 bouts in 3 days.
Through much of the next decade he was consistently fighting in a variety of tournaments. Tournament wins weren't that common, but they certainly did happen, such as in 2009, when he he would win the All-Russian Nikolay Nikiforov-Denisov Junior Cup, and a year later he claimed the Russian Youth National title. In fact he reportedly won 4 national titles, though we couldn't verify it. Among his other amateur achievements were a silver medal at the 2012 World University Championships and a silver medal at the 2013 Russian U-22 National Championships. According
To go through all the competitions he competed in as an amateur would genuinely take all day, but the point is clear, when he turned professional he was a very experienced, and there was genuine hope when he decided to turn professional last year.
Debuting on a Top Rank show in California in June 2019 Yun would take a unanimous decision over Mexican youngster Jose Antonio Meza. The talented Yun showed some real touches of class, flashy hand speed, nice movement and combinations. Although he was deducted a point late in the bout it was clear he was a talent.
Less than 2 months after making his debut Yun would return to the ring in Los Angeles, when he took on Javier Martinez. Yun was supposed to shine here but was surprisingly dropped within seconds from a huge right hand from Martinez. He was down again in round 3, though managed to win everything else and got the 6 round decision win after Martinez was deducted points for repeatedly losing his mouth piece. Despite being dropped twice Yun still showed more than enough to be interested in seeing where he went. He was quick, sharp, skilled and ticking the boxes, despite a lack of power and a questionable chin.
After fighting twice in he US Yun would make his Russian debut this past January, out pointing Artem Ayvazidi in a 6 rounder at the RCC Boxing Academy in Ekaterinburg. This was pretty drama less in all honesty, but the youngster did what he needed, won the rounds and let his skills shine.
On March 7th he will Yun back in action in Russia, in another 6 rounder. We suspect that, if he wins, he'll move into 8 round bouts before the end of the year, we can't help but think the longer length bouts will serve him better, allowing his offensive skills to shine, and allow him to chip away opponents before finishing them off. He'll never be a massive puncher, but he's a clean puncher, and eventually clean shots do wear opponents out. We suspect that when he fights longer bouts we'll start to see racking up late stoppages.
Yun may not go all the way to the top but he is very much a prospect worthy of attention.
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