At the age of 17, David is a sensational prospect at 154 pounds. A former amateur standout, he finished his amateur career in June, 2017, and recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank.
He is a stablemate of two-division world champion and rising young superstar Vasily Lomachenko, who was voted the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2017 Fighter of the Year,” top light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk, welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin, and super lightweight prospect Maxim Dadashev. All are managed by Egis Klimas, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Manager of the Year” in 2016 and 2017, and promoted by Top Rank.
David made his pro debut on February 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas, and won a four-round unanimous decision against Rafael Munoz.
The bout was on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed main event. Munoz gave a determined effort, but David dominated the fight and won by scores of 40-36, 39-37, 39-37.
In an earlier interview, David said, “I train at the Sport Club Gym in Reseda, California. It’s my dad’s gym. My training camp for this fight will be 10 weeks.
“I’ve been training three times a day for four years now. I never went to traditional high school. I do home school, so training doesn’t get in the way of my education. I’ve been doing that for three years now. I’m a junior in high school – 11th grade – so I have another year and a half left.
“I’ve been sparring pros since the age of 14, nonstop. I was Viktor Postol’s official sparring partner for six weeks for his fight against Terence Crawford. That was at the Wild Card. I’ve sparred many greats, like Shane Mosley, I sparred the current IBF champion Sergei Lipinets. I sparred Ivan Redkach, and I sparred Radzhab Butaev.
“I can do every different style for every different fighter. Once I step in the ring, I pick up a style right away. Me and my dad have been working for so many years, and we pick up styles from different types of fighters. So, if I need to be slick, I can be slick. If I need pressure, I can use pressure. If I need to move on my feet, I move on my feet.
“But I do have a punch. I don’t really like speed, but I like to hit with power.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: David said, “I was born in Netanya, Israel. I have one sister. My mom is a pharmacist and my dad owns a boxing gym. He does that full time – from 9 AM to 9 PM. He doesn’t train other boxers, he just focuses on training me. I’m the only boxer in my family. My dad was a boxer back in the Soviet Union. He had 155 amateur fights – they didn’t have pros in the Soviet Union.
“My parents are both from the Soviet Union – they’re from Lviv, Ukraine. They moved from there to Israel. We left Israel and moved to Southern California when I was three years old. We went first to San Diego, from San Diego we moved to the Valley, and we moved to Tarzana when I was four and I grew up here.
“My dad didn’t own the gym when we came here. We didn’t have that much money, so he would train people and do side jobs. He came up with the money and we opened the gym in Reseda. Our gym now is in Reseda, too, but we’re further away. It’s called the Sport Club. We’re in the furthest part of Reseda.
“My dad’s been my trainer forever – since day one. He always had me in shape, but I’ve always been throwing punches since like, I was four years old. I had my first fight when I was six years old.
“My first ‘official’ amateur fight was at eight. Altogether, my amateur record was 94-8. I fought in the ‘youth’ division even though I was 16 – I qualified for the age.
“I won the PALs twice, and I won a gold medal internationally one time – that was in Russia in 2015. It was in Siberia. [note: results not currently available]
“I’m naturally left-handed. I’m single, but I’ve got a girlfriend. We’ve been together for a while. She’s very close to me and motivates me a lot.”…