Iron Mike signs Olympian Khytrov
May, 29, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Courtesy Iron Mike ProductionsIevgen Khytrov makes his debut with Iron Mike Productions on a June 6 "Friday Night Fights" card.Ievgen Khytrov, a 2012 Olympian from Ukraine, has signed a co-promotional deal with Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions and New York-based Fight Promotions.
Khytrov (4-0, 4 KOs), 25, who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., turned pro in December (in a scheduled eight-rounder) and has had all four of his bouts in the United States.
"I watched the first few fights of this exceptional young fighter's career and was very impressed," said Iron Mike chief executive Garry Jonas. "So, I was pleased when Fight Promotions Inc. approached us to co-promote Khytrov's career. He is an aggressive, accurate puncher whose style of fighting fits with the type of fighters and fights that we want to promote."
Khytrov will have his first fight under the deal in a scheduled six-round middleweight fight against Chris Chatman (12-3-1, 5 KOs) on June 6 in the televised opener on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
"Chatman has fought seven undefeated fighters, won four of them and been very close to victories in three others, and only Jermell Charlo was able to stop him," Iron Mike matchmaker Chris Middendorf said. "Khytrov is a throwback type of fighter and that is why he is perfect with Iron Mike. All he wants is to fight and fight the best."
Khytrov won a 2011 gold medal at the world amateur championships, defeating Ryota Murata of Japan, who went on to win a 2012 Olympic gold medal. In the 2012 Olympics, Khytrov lost in the second round of the tournament to eventual bronze winner Anthony Ogogo of England.