Ievgen Khytrov fights in Ukraine on Saturday
Hard-hitting middleweight prospect Ievgen Khytrov has had a successful run as a pro over the last year or so. While this success has come in the United States, he will accomplish something over the weekend he has never done before: fight in his hometown.
The unbeaten Khytrov will fight Josh Luteran this coming Saturday at Circus in the Ukraine city of Kryvyi Rih, manager Rory Donadio recently told RingTV.com.
Both fighters will be vying for the vacant NABF middleweight title.
In his last bout on Aug. 7, Khytrov (11-0, 10 knockouts) was behind on the scorecards before scoring an emphatic eighth round technical knockout over Nick Brinson.
Four months before the Brinson fight, Khytrov was taken the distance by Aaron Coley, but still managed to win a one-sided decision.
After making his professional debut almost two years ago, Khytrov, who resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be fighting for the first time as a pro in his hometown of Kryvyi Rih.
Luteran (14-2, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Jeremy Parks in his last bout on Oct. 17. It was his first fight in almost three years, when he was brutally stopped by Daniel Jacobs in October of 2012.
Of Luteran’s 16 bouts as a pro, only three have come against fighters with winning records.
In an eight round bout, former world light heavyweight title challenger Ismayl Sillakh will fight Giorgi Tevdorashvili.
In his last bout on Jun. 13, Sillakh (22-2, 17 KOs) won a one-sided eight round decision over Arturs Kulikaukis in Cherkasy, Ukraine. It was Sillakh’s first bout in over a year and half, when he was knocked out by Sergey Kovalev in the second round.
Tevdorashvili (22-14-3, 14 KOs) has won four of his last six bouts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing