Friday night, stable-mates Sergiy Derevyanchenko (5-0, 4KO’s, WSOB: 23-1) and Ievgen Khytrov (10-0, 9KO’s) will co-headline an exciting night of boxing from the ballroom at Bally’s in Atlantic City, on ShoBox, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The Ukrainian blue-chip middleweight prospects will be looking to continue their streaks of highly impressive victories when they square off in separate eight-round bouts. Derevyanchenko is set to take on former world-title challenger and resurgent contender Elvin Ayala (28-6-1, 12KO’s) while Khytrov squares off against dangerous Nick Brinson (17-3-2, 7KO’s).
Both bouts are promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Fight Promotions Inc.
Since relocating to the U.S. in 2013 and embarking on their professional careers, the two prospects have been on an absolute tear. Both Derevyanchenko and Khytrov had star-studded amateur careers in their native Ukraine. Derevyanchenko compiled a 390-20 record, won a bronze medal at the 2007 Amateur World Championships, and competed at the 2008 Olympics. Before making his official pro debut, Derevyanchenko tore through the competition in the World Series of Boxing, putting together a 23-1 record on his way to winning back-to-back WSB Championships in 2011 and 2012.
Known as the “Ukrainian Lion”, Khytrov built an astonishing 480-20 record throughout his amateur career, during which he also represented his native country in the Olympics (2012) where he was a favorite to win gold, but dropped a highly questionable decision to eventual gold medalist and home country favorite Anthony Ogogo.
The bout on Friday night will be the second appearance on the ShoBox series for Derevyanchenko, and already the fourth for Khytrov. The two were both featured on the series together back in April and garnered rave reviews for their performances. The two will be looking to follow up their performances with another impressive showing on Friday night as they steamroll ahead toward eventual title shots.
Promoter Lou DiBella has had success in the middleweight division promoting the likes of recent champions Jermain Taylor and Sergio Martinez, a future Hall-of-Famer. DiBella sees the future of the division in his young stars hands and believes that Friday will be another step in that direction.
“Sergiy and Ievgen are two of the truly elite prospects in all of boxing. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that they are the future of the middleweight division, and anything less than a world championship will be a disappointment for them. As long as they continue to win, and continue to impress with each victory, I see them knocking on the door to a world title in the next 12 to 18 months.”
Tomorrow night’s ShoBox card opens up with a mouth-watering affair between undefeated knockout artists Regis Prograis (14-0, 12 KOs) of New Orleans, La., and Amos Cowart (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Leesburg, Fla. Fireworks are expected early between these two heavy-handed, hard-charging prospects as they clash in an eight-round junior welterweight showdown.
SHOWTIME will begin live coverage at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets for the event are currently on sale and are priced at $120 and $60. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET, with the first bout scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET.