DiBella Entertainment Inks Ukraine Olympian Pavlo Ischenko

New York, NY (8/19/15) – Over the past two years, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions have been extremely active in bringing over and signing a number of the top amateur stars from Ukraine. Not looking to slow up their pace, the two promotional outfits announced this week the signing of 2012 Olympian Pavlo Ischenko. Ischenko joins fellow 2012 Olympic stable-mate Ievgen Khytrov, as well as the already world-rated, red-hot Sergey Derevyanchenko, Ivan Golub and Ivan Baranchyk. The 22-year-old Ischenko, now living and training in Brooklyn, is set to make his official pro debut in the coming months.
 
“I am thrilled to be joining my fellow countrymen and embarking on my pro career here in the U.S. I have seen the job they (DBE and Fight Promotions) have done with them, and for me, it was a no-brainer on who I would be signing with when I was ready to turn pro. I am excited to show the boxing world my talent and ability and know that this is the team that will bring me to a world championship,” said Ischenko. 
 
“Not only is Ischenko a tremendous talent with unlimited potential, but he has a colorful persona that can make him a real attraction.  He is the latest great amateur fighter from the Ukraine to migrate here, and we are looking forward to growing his popularity in the U.S.,” stated Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
 
“This kid is only 22 years old and he has absolutely devastating power in both hands that cannot be matched by anyone in the junior lightweight division. After several months of fine-tuning with his American trainers, he will be on the short path to becoming a world champion,” said Max Alperovich, President of Fight Promotions.
 
The colorful and charismatic Ischenko was an outstanding amateur. Ischenko, a Ukrainian national, born in Russia, and who is half Jewish, compiled a 294-23 record that included a 2013 European AIBA championship and a trip to the 2012 Olympics in Great Britain. Like Derevyanchenko and Khytrov, the timeline for Ischenko to compete against the elite in his division is going to be fast-tracked and his rise is expected to be meteoric.
 
An official a date on Ischenko’s eagerly anticipated debut will be announced shortly.

Salita Inks Former Olympian Serdar Hudayberdiyev

Brooklyn, NY (May 7, 2015)–Dmitriy Salita, the New York City based boxing promoter, is proud to announce a new talent is coming aboard.

Serdar Hudayberdiyev,a 2012 Olympian for Turkmenistan, and junior welterweight prospect, is now in the fold. He carried the flag for his country at the Olympics, and Salita expects him to make as much progress, if not more, in the professional ranks.

“He will connect with his community as well as the Russian speaking community in NYC and he is looking forward to representing his people,” Salita said.

Fans can expect to see a seasoned product in his professional debut that will come this summer.

The 28-year-old boxer, named the 2009 Best Athlete of Turkmenistan by the State Committee of Tourism and Sport, is light on his feet and aggressive.  He can lead or counter. He has been working on firming up his jab and setting down on his punches.  

He is coming off an impressive showing at the Asian Games in Korea. His nation holds him in high regard and has immense hopes for him.  He currently is  the only professional boxer hailing from Turkmenistan.

He will join future heavyweight star Jarrell Miller, from Brooklyn; cruiserweight contender Junior Wright, from Chicago; fleet fisted Dimash Niyazov from Staten Island; new signee Bakhtiyar Eyubov, a KO hitter from Kazahkstan,  middleweight contender Steven Martinez and other rising stars on the Salita roster.

Please log on to www.salitapromotions.com for more information on the Salita fighters and upcoming promotions.

Damien Hooper Vows to Confirm the “Hitman’s” Loyalty

DAMIEN HOOPER has promised to repay Ricky Hatton’s faith in him with a stunning performance against Marlon Alta on a special Australia v Philippines promotion in Eaton’s Hill, Queensland this Sunday (May 3).
 
The 2012 Olympian suffered a shock knockout defeat to Rob Powdrill last November, but Hatton has stuck by him and still believes he can go onto be another world champion from Down Under.
 
Sunday’s bill, which is promoted by Angelo Di Carlo, is an unusual one in the respect that it is being held in the morning so that fight fans can then watch the mammoth Mayweather v Pacquiao clash live on big screens.
 
But Hooper is not one for lying in and is keen to wake up fight fans with an explosive display.
 
“Firstly and most importantly I want to thank Ricky for standing by me. I’m determined to repay that trust that he has in me and that begins Sunday morning,” Hooper, 23, said.
 
“Fighting in the morning will be different but I’ve done it in the amateurs and it’s going to be a huge crowd, right before Mayweather and Pacquiao. I’m not even thinking about the main event, I’m focusing only on my fight with Marlon Alta.
 
“I can’t wait to get in there and get back to doing what I do best.”
 
While co-manager Matt Clark will be focused on Hooper’s return, he will also have one eye on Sunday’s main event as winner of the Australia light-heavyweight title clash between Kerry Foley and Dane Mulivai could well be Damien’s next opponent.
 
“Damien has been itching to get back in the ring and get the result of his last fight out of the way. He’s been training hard and he understands he can’t afford any more slip ups and his preparation has been much better this time around,” Clark said.
 
“We intend on challenging the winner of the main event for the Australian light-heavyweight title, but he has to take care of Marlon Alta first. A huge thank you to Angelo Di Carlo for promoting this bout, he’s been a pleasure to work with.”