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Gulyakevich Seeks Upset of Redkach on ESPN

BY The Sweet Science ON June 23, 2014
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SERGEY GULYAKEVICH LOOKING TO SEND SHOCKWAVES THROUGH THE LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION WITH AN UPSET VICTORY OVER HIGHLY REGARDED REDKACH ON FRIDAY NIGHT

IVAN REDKACH VS. SERGEY GULYAKEVICH

HEADLINES ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

JUNE 27TH AT THE AMERISTAR CASINO

IN ST. CHARLES, MO

New York, NY / St. Charles, MO (6/23/14) - Next Friday night, DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, will present that week's edition of ESPNFriday Night Fights/ESPN Deportes' Noce de Combates from the beautiful Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO. Headlining the card will be red-hot lightweight contender Ivan "El Terribel" Redkach (16-0, 13KO's) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey "The Surgeon" Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KO's) in the 10-round main event of the evening.

While many are picking Redkach, the IBF #8, WBC #9, and reigning USBA lightweight champion, to steamroll right through him, the Belarusian has other plans for his US national TV debut.

"I have had an absolutely great training camp for this fight. I was scheduled to fight in Hungary on the 15th, so I was already in heavy training when I got the call. When the fight with Ivan was offered, I didn't hesitate for a minute to accept. I know that he's got tremendous power in both hands and he can also box well, which he demonstrated in his last fight against Tony Luis. I respect him and do not underestimate him at all," said Gulyakevich.

The 33-year-old Belarus-native has only lost two fights during his 11-plus year career; a technical decision loss to then 22-1 Alex Arthur in 2006 and a 12-round majority decision loss to then-interim WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Mauro Gutierrez in the titlist's home country of Mexico back in 2009. Since the loss to Gutierrez, Gulyakevich has moved up in weight and put together a 15-bout winning streak, waiting for an opportunity to show that he is one of the best 135lb. fighters in the world.

"After I fought for the title, I had some political and managerial issues. I lost the opportunity to fight for the IBF super featherweight title, which was offered to me in 2012, and I was just having major difficulties securing big fights. Then I met my current manager Derek Waddell and things started looking up. He got me seven keep-busy fights in Latvia and then we signed with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing as we looked to make a name for ourselves here in the US. Over the last 12 months, I have had three significant fights fall through, first to Billy Dib, then against Will Tomlinson and finally against Terrence Crawford, so when the call to fight Ivan came through, I was just so thrilled and excited for the opportunity. I want to thank Ivan and his promotional company DiBella Entertainment for stepping up to the plate and giving me this opportunity. Both Ivan and I know that the winner of this fight will be knocking on the door for a title shot, and we are going to lay it all on the line Friday night," stated Gulyakevich.

While Gulyakevich is confident going into the fight, he knows that come Friday night, this will not be an easy fight for him or Redkach.

"I have never been knocked down in my entire career," said Gulyakevich. "My coach and I have watched a ton of film on Ivan and we have what we feel is a perfect game plan going into this matchup. Ivan showed in his last bout that he is not just a one-trick pony, so we have to be ready for whatever he brings. Like I said before, the winner of this bout is knocking on a world title opportunity and I know that everyone involved realizes the significance of this fight for the 135lb. division. Ivan and his team realize for him to get to the next level, he needs to have a step-up fight like this. I am ready and I know he will be ready as well. Talk is cheap in this sport, everyone will witness on Friday night who is the better fighter."

ESPN will begin live coverage at 9p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.

Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $80 for ringside and $40 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 293-5949, or by visiting www.metrotix.com. Doors open at 5p.m. CT with the first bout scheduled for 6p.m. CT.

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The Commish says:

This is a big test for Redkach as he goes in against the highly-seasoned Sulyakevich. In this one, it's also promoter vs promoter--DiBella Entertainment vs. Star Boxing. LouDiBella is coming off a crushing defeat, seeing his lineal middleweight champ Sergio Martinez stopped at MSG three weeks ago this Saturday, while Star Boxing's DeGuardia had a celebratory night at Barclay's two weeks ago when his Chris Algieri upset Ruslan Provodnikov in one of the "Upsets of the Year" and his Star Boxing-promoted Demetrius Andrade blew awayt Brian Rose. A victory by Sulyakevich over the highly-touted Redkach will have DiBella thinking of promoting table tennis instead of boxing.

But with Redkach's youth (28), southpaw style, punching power in both fists (he has KO'd 13 of his 16 victims) and overall boxing ability, this looks to be a night when Star Boxing will not prevail. No matter which way the fight goes, it should be action-packed all the way.

The pick here is Redkach by decision.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

This is a big test for Redkach as he goes in against the highly-seasoned Sulyakevich. In this one, it's also promoter vs promoter--DiBella Entertainment vs. Star Boxing. LouDiBella is coming off a crushing defeat, seeing his lineal middleweight champ Sergio Martinez stopped at MSG three weeks ago this Saturday, while Star Boxing's DeGuardia had a celebratory night at Barclay's two weeks ago when his Chris Algieri upset Ruslan Provodnikov in one of the "Upsets of the Year" and his Star Boxing-promoted Demetrius Andrade blew awayt Brian Rose. A victory by Sulyakevich over the highly-touted Redkach will have DiBella thinking of promoting table tennis instead of boxing.

But with Redkach's youth (28), southpaw style, punching power in both fists (he has KO'd 13 of his 16 victims) and overall boxing ability, this looks to be a night when Star Boxing will not prevail. No matter which way the fight goes, it should be action-packed all the way.

The pick here is Redkach by decision.

-Randy G.


Gulyakevich put on a really disappointed effort last night. He initiated more clinches I think than actual punches he threw. I was very surprised as I thought he was going to test Redkach.

The announcers I though were being a little hard on Redkach. There was almost no way he could look good against an opponent who fought in the manner that Gulyakevich did. Redkach is promising and against an opponent who actually comes to win (at least try) will look a lot different.

Funny moment from that fight, did anyone see when Gulyakeivich actually landed a punch on himself (yes punched himself with an uppercut he missed Redkach on at the end of the fight)? I have been watching the sport for a long time and never seen anything like that happen before.

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