New Faces: Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
Hometown: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Weight class: Light heavyweight
Height / reach: 6′ 3¾ÔÇ│ (192 cm)/ 75 inches (191 cm)
Amateur record: 200 +
Turned pro: 2012
Pro record: 15-0, 12 knockouts
Trainer(s): Manny Robles Jr.
Manager: Evi Avrahami
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Best night of pro career: Unsurprisingly, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy considers his debut on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” against Yunieski Gonzalez, on Dec. 19, to be his best outing to date.
Worst night of pro career: Last June, the Los Angeles-based, Ukrainian fighter took on unknown Paul Parker, nothing on Parker’s ledger (7-0, 4 KOs) suggested any significant danger. However, Shabranskyy had to avert a near disastrous first round, in which he was twice on the canvas before roaring back to score a third round stoppage win.
Next fight: With nothing else on the table, “Slava” will stay busy in an eight rounder vs. the usually durable Derrick Findley on Friday at the Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, on “LA Fight Club” as chief support to Jesus Soto-Karass-Yoshihiro Kamegai.
The 31-year-old Findley has been a pro for over 10 years, posting a record of 23-18-1 (15 KOs). The Indiana resident usually goes the distance – he’s been stopped just three times in 18 losses – though will be the naturally smaller man.
Findley has gone the six-round distance in losing efforts against a young Andre Ward and more recently Jesse Hart. He’s taken Matt Korobov, Curtis Stevens and Arif Magomedov eight rounds. Over 10 rounds, he’s lasted the course with then unbeaten Fernando Guerrero in an NABF 160-pound title fight, J’Leon Love and Gilberto Ramirez. In total, he has fought 14 undefeated opponents.
Noticeably, Findley has only fought twice above 168 pounds and, on one of those occasions, he retired at the end of the first round against Edwin Rodriguez. This appears to be an opportunity for Shabranskyy to make a statement by getting a stoppage over an opponent who usually lasts the distance.
Why he’s a prospect: He boasts over 200 amateur fights and 200 kickboxing contests. Shabranksyy never made the Ukrainian national team to represent his country at the big tournaments because he was the No. 2 at 91 kilograms (200 pounds) behind the highly-talented Oleksandr Usyk but was on the Olympic Reserve Team for seven years. Usyk beat Shabranskyy the only time they met, though the latter does hold a win over 2008 Olympic Silver medallist Kenny Egan.
Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Diaz, is a big exponent of his company’s fighter.
Story lines: He first practiced kickboxing, taking part in over 200 bouts, but made the transition to boxing when he realized there was no money in kickboxing in Ukraine.
Sept. 20 – Bryan McGlory – KO 1
Dec. 21 – Michael Glenn – KO 2
March 14 – Emmanuel Wright – TKO 4
July 13 – D’Quan Morgan – UD 6
Aug. 9 – Harry Gopaul – KO 2
Nov. 14 – Rafael Valenzuela – KO 2
Feb. 6 – Lamont Williams – KO 7
May 20 – Paul Vasquez – KO 1
June 21 – Michael Gbenga – UD 6
July 25 – Demetrius Walker – KO 1
Nov. 8 – Emil Gonzalez – RTD 2
Jan. 17 – Garrett Wilson – RTD 9
March 12 – Fabiano Pena – RTD 5
June 30 – Paul Parker – TKO 3
Dec. 19 – Yunieski Gonzalez – MD 10