Denis Boytsov was born February 14th 1986
Boytsov is a Russian heavyweight, currently ranked number 14 by The Boxing Tribune and number 24 by Boxrec.com. After a successful amateur run that earned him a 115-15 amateur record along with three amateur world championships, Boytsov turned professional on September 21st 2004, winning via first round stoppage against Slovenia’s Imrich Borka. Boytsov went on to win all 28 of his professional bouts over the next six and one half years, 23 of those wins coming by stoppage.
Boysov would be considered a “smaller’ heavyweight by today’s standards, generally fighting around the 220 lb. mark, but he is always well conditioned and his aggressive style has made him a fan favorite and earned him comparisons by some to Mike Tyson.
In his 16th bout, Boytsov won the vacant WBC youth world heavyweight title when he stopped Ondrej Pala on cuts in the fifth round. Eight fights later he would stop Israel Carlos Garcia in two rounds to win the vacant WBA inter-continental heavyweight title and would then add a third belt to his collection in his next fight with a sixth round TKO over Taras Bydenko for the vacant WBO European heavyweight title.
Despite his impressive professional record and standing in the European boxing community, the best of Boysov’s opponents have been in the form of journeyman American’s like Jason Gavern and Vinny Maddalone and all of his bouts have taken place in Germany or Austria.
It was recently reported that Golden Boy Promotions had signed a deal with Boytsov’s promoter Universum to co-promote Boytsov (as well as heavyweight Rakhim Chakhkiev) which could mean his next bout will give him some exposure to the American fight fans on a Golden Boy Promoted under card. It also rumored that he could be the next opponent for the WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye from the U.K. if Haye’s scheduled opponent Ruslan Chagaev is denied entry into the U.K. due to medical reasons.
Denis Boytsov’s current record, as of February 3rd, 2011 is: 28-0 with 23 KOs.
— Good amateur pedigree=130 bouts and three World Championships
— Appears well conditioned, aggressive fan friendly style, good hand speed
— Active, generally fights every three to four months with exception to his last two bouts, which were 10 months apart.
— Homegrown. Has never fought professionally outside Germany or Austria
— Hasn’t fought a true world class opponent yet. guys like Vinny Maddalone and Robert Hawkins are C level at best.
— Stamina? Has only fought 10 rounds once in 28 fights and averages 3.1 rounds overall
— Size. At only 220 lbs., is small by today’s heavyweight standards.
There’s no reason to rush the 24-year old prospect and Team Boytsov has followed that advice well, possibly to the detriment of their fighter. At the moment, Boytsov is making a name for himself, fine-tuning his skills, and leaving the heavy lifting to other heavyweights.