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Evgeny Gradovich
Weightclass:
Featherweight
Age:
30
Birthplace:
Igrim, Siberia, Russia
Record:
20-2-1, 9 KOs
Height:
5’8”
Reach:
Managers:
Egis Klimas
Trainers:
Robert Garcia
biography

Ranked IBF #6, The Ring #8, WBC #29 at 126 pounds…
World championship fights: 4-1-1, 1 KO…
Former IBF featherweight world champion, four successful defenses…

At the age of 29, Evgeny is a six-year pro. A former IBF featherweight world champion, he won the title in March, 2013, and made four successful title defenses before losing the title by technical decision in May, 2015.
Before his debut, he was an accomplished amateur in Eastern Europe.
He is a stablemate of WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and WBO-WBA-IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev – all three are managed by Egis Klimas.
In his last fight on April 9 in Las Vegas, Evgeny lost by fourth-round TKO against former two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez.
Evgeny said, "My style always depends on my opponent, but I like to be moving forward, throwing punches, don’t step back. I haven’t changed a lot since I moved here, but I have added much more and different movement, and a more professional way to fight instead of fighting like an amateur."
He signed with promoter Top Rank and started working with trainer Robert Garcia in March, 2012. Most of the fighters at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard are Mexican and over time, began teaching Evgeny to speak Spanish. That, combined with his aggressive, typically "Mexican" style, earned him the nickname "The Mexican Russian" at the gym.
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2016 – VACANT NABO F TITLE CHALLENGE – in his last fight on 4-9-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost by TKO (4th round) against former two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (19-0): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. main event; Evgeny pressed forward and kept a busy pace, but Valdez landed the harder punches and wore him down; Valdez scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 4th round – Evgeny got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14…
 
On 1-9-16 in Picanya, SP, he won a 10-round majority decision against lefthanded Jesus Galicia (13-8-1): the bout headined at Centro Deportivo Boxing Unitres – it was fast-paced, exciting, and very close; Galicia was cut over his right eye in the 2nd round, but outworked Evgeny in the early rounds; Evgeny stepped up his pace and rallied in the middle and late rounds, and both fought hard until the final bell; scored 96-94, 99-93, 96-96…
 
2015 – on 10-24-15 in Omaha, NB, he won an 8 round split decision against Aldimar Santos (19-8): the bout was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Dierry Jean main event, and it was a good, close fight; Santos outworked Evgeny in the early rounds, but Evgeny kept pressing forward, rallied in the middle rounds, and finished the fight strongly; scored 78-74, 79-73 Gradovich, 77-75 Santos…
LOST IBF F WORLD TITLE – on 5-30-15 in Greenwich, ENG, he lost a technical decision (8th round) against local favorite Lee Selby (20-1): the bout was one of the co-features at the O2 Arena, and Selby dominated most of the fight; Evgeny pressed forward, but Selby kept him off-balance with constant movement, outworked him, and consistently landed the sharper punches; Selby rocked Evgeny with a left hook late in the 3rd...
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background
 
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Evgeny said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Igrim, Siberia. I have a brother, two years younger. My parents still live in Igrim. My father is a welder, and my mother has a security job at a students’ dormitory. My brother boxed as an amateur, but didn’t continue with it.
“I started boxing when I was 13 years old. I wanted to play soccer at my school, but I was too small. They have boxing sessions after they play soccer, so I went to a boxing session. I tried it and I liked it.
“I had somewhere around 150 amateur fights, with maybe 126 wins. I was on the Russian National team in 2007 and 2008. I’m naturally righthanded.
Evgeny and his wife, Ekaterina, have a daughter named Veronica, born on June 1, 2012…they won’t, however, be at the fight – Evgeny said, “She gets too nervous and worries too much to come to the fights, so she'll stay at home.”…
Manager Egis Klimas said, "Evgeny and Ruslan Provodnikov were roommates in college. I was at the fight of Provodnikov and told that story to Bob Arum. Bob Arum told me right away, he said, 'If I were you, I would buy a ticket and go to that region to find more fighters.' "
Evgeny added, "We come from two little villages in one small area. I know Ruslan for more than half my life, since I was 13 or 14. He is one of my best friends. When we finish school, we studied at the same university and lived together – we were roommates for five or six, maybe six or seven years – I don't remember. After university, we both became physical education teachers. We teach people how to box."…
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2009 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Rostov, Russia, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 11-16-09 he lost a 6-0 decision against Araik Ambartsumov…
2009 FAIRUZOV MEMORIAL...
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Biography
  • Ranked IBF #6, The Ring #8, WBC #29 at 126 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 4-1-1, 1 KO…
  • Former IBF featherweight world champion, four successful defenses…

At the age of 29, Evgeny is a six-year pro. A former IBF featherweight world champion, he won the title in March, 2013, and made four successful title defenses before losing the title by technical decision in May, 2015.

Before his debut, he was an accomplished amateur in Eastern Europe.

He is a stablemate of WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and WBO-WBA-IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev – all three are managed by Egis Klimas.

In his last fight on April 9 in Las Vegas, Evgeny lost by fourth-round TKO against former two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez.

Evgeny said, "My style always depends on my opponent, but I like to be moving forward, throwing punches, don’t step back. I haven’t changed a lot since I moved here, but I have added much more and different movement, and a more professional way to fight instead of fighting like an amateur."

He signed with promoter Top Rank and started working with trainer Robert Garcia in March, 2012. Most of the fighters at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard are Mexican and over time, began teaching Evgeny to speak Spanish. That, combined with his aggressive, typically "Mexican" style, earned him the nickname "The Mexican Russian" at the gym.

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2016 – VACANT NABO F TITLE CHALLENGE – in his last fight on 4-9-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost by TKO (4th round) against former two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (19-0): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. main event; Evgeny pressed forward and kept a busy pace, but Valdez landed the harder punches and wore him down; Valdez scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 4th round – Evgeny got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14…

 

On 1-9-16 in Picanya, SP, he won a 10-round majority decision against lefthanded Jesus Galicia (13-8-1): the bout headined at Centro Deportivo Boxing Unitres – it was fast-paced, exciting, and very close; Galicia was cut over his right eye in the 2nd round, but outworked Evgeny in the early rounds; Evgeny stepped up his pace and rallied in the middle and late rounds, and both fought hard until the final bell; scored 96-94, 99-93, 96-96…

 

2015 – on 10-24-15 in Omaha, NB, he won an 8 round split decision against Aldimar Santos (19-8): the bout was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Dierry Jean main event, and it was a good, close fight; Santos outworked Evgeny in the early rounds, but Evgeny kept pressing forward, rallied in the middle rounds, and finished the fight strongly; scored 78-74, 79-73 Gradovich, 77-75 Santos…

LOST IBF F WORLD TITLE – on 5-30-15 in Greenwich, ENG, he lost a technical decision (8th round) against local favorite Lee Selby (20-1): the bout was one of the co-features at the O2 Arena, and Selby dominated most of the fight; Evgeny pressed forward, but Selby kept him off-balance with constant movement, outworked him, and consistently landed the sharper punches; Selby rocked Evgeny with a left hook late in the 3rd round, then rocked him again with a right hand late in the 6th; Evgeny was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 7th round, then was cut badly over over his left eye by another clash of heads in the 8th – the fight was stopped on the second cut at 1:00 and went to the scorecards; Selby led by scores of 79-73, 79-73, 80-72...

 

2014 – 4TH IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-29-14 in Omaha he had a 12 round draw against Jayson Velez (22-0): the bout was co-featured with the Terence Crawford-Ray Beltran main event – it was a good fight, but ended with a questionable decision; Velez started fast and consistently outworked Evgeny, but Evgeny pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and scored repeatedly with body punches; the momentum shifted back and forth – Velez won the 1st round on two scorecards, swept the 2nd on all three, won the 4th round on two scorecards, swept the 7th, and won the 8th round on two scorecards; Evgeny swept the 3rd round, won the 5th and 6th rounds on two scorecards, and finished the fight strongly – he swept the 9th and 10th rounds, then won the 11th and 12th rounds on two scorecards; most observers thought Evgeny deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-113 Gradovich, 117-111 Velez, 114-114...

3RD IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-31-14 in Macau, CH, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former European featherweight champion Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Nonito Donaire-Simphiwe Vetyeka main event, and it was a good fight; Evgeny pressed forward in the early rounds and consistently outworked him; Miskirtchian was cut on the bridge of his nose by a clash of heads in the 3rd round, but came back and rocked Evgeny with a right hand later in the round; Miskirtchian was cut over his left eye in the 4th round, but rallied and scored a knockdown with a jab in the 6th round; Evgeny continued to outwork Miskirtchian  in the late rounds, but Miskirtchian gave a determined effort and many rounds were close; scored 117-110, 117-110, 118-110…

 

2013 – 2ND IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-24-13 in Macau he won by TKO (9th round) in the rematch against former IBF featherweight world champion Billy Dib (36-2): the bout was one of the co-features at Venetian Resort, and Evgeny dominated; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Dib, and landed the harder punches; Evgeny scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 6th round; he rocked Dib with a series of punches in the 9th, Dib’s cornerman entered the ring to signal the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:10; after eight rounds, Evgeny led by scores of 79-72, 78-73, 80-71…

1ST IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-27-13 in Macau he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Mauricio Munoz (26-3): the bout was one of the co-features with the Zou Shiming-Jesus Ortega main event, and Evgeny dominated; Munoz gave a good effort and had some rallies, but Evgeny consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the sharper punches; scored 119-109, 119-109, 120-108…

WON IBF F WORLD TITLE – on 3-1-13 in Mashantucket, CT, he won a 12 round split decision against defending champion Billy Dib (35-1): the bout headlined at Foxwoods; Dib was favored to win, and started fast; he boxed well, kept a busy pace, and built a lead – Dib swept the first four rounds on all three scorecards; but Evgeny constantly pressed forward, steadily wore him down, and dominated the rest of the fight; he swept the 5th round, then won rounds 6 through 10 on two scorecards – Evgeny rocked Dib with a left hook and Dib was cut on his scalp by an accidental elbow in the 5th round, and both were both penalized one point for holding in the 8th; Evgeny finished the fight strongly – he slowed down Dib with body punches, rocked him repeatedly with right hands, and Dib was cut over his right eye; Evgeny swept the 11th and 12th rounds, and won by scores of 114-112, 114-112 Gradovich, 114-112 Dib…

 

2012 – on 12-6-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (7th round) against William Villanueva (10-4-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Ray Beltran-Ji-Hoon Kim main event, and Evgeny dominated; he scored a knockdown in the 6th round, then rocked Villanueva with a series of punches in the 7th and the referee stopped the fight at 2:03…

On 10-13-12 in Carson, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision againsat Jose Beranza (35-24-2): the bout was on the undercard of the  Nonito Donaire-Toshiaki Nishioka main event, and Evgeny dominated; he consistently outworked Beranza, landed the harder punches, and won by scores of 79-73, 79-73, 80-72…

On 2-3-12 in N. Las Vegas, NV he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Roberto Osiobe (11-3-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Isaac Chilembe-Edison Miranda main event, and Evgeny dominated; he consistently outworked Osiobe and landed the sharper punches, and won by scores of 59-55 on all three scorecards...

 

2011 – on 8-19-11 in Hammond, IN, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Robert da Luz (13-38-3): the fight was on the undercard of the Demetrius Andrade-Grady Brewer main event, and Evgeny dominated; he pressed forward, outworked da Luz, and consistently landed the sharper punches; scored 80-72 on all three scorecards...

On 4-29-11 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Aalan Martinez (9-0-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Carlos Molina-Allen Conyers main event; Martinez started fast, but Evgeny rallied, outworked him, and steadily wore him down; scored 59-55, 59-55, 58-56…

On 3-19-11 in Tacoma, WA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against local favorite Francisco Reyes (8-1): the fight headlined at the Emerald Queen Casino, and Evgeny dominated; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Reyes, and landed the sharper punches; scored 99-91, 99-91, 100-90…

 

2010 – on 12-17-10 in Chicago, IL, he won by TKO (4th round) against Tommy Atencio (4-5): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Osumanu Adama-Angel Hernandez main event; Evgeny scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 4th round – Atencio got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:59…

On 12-3-10 in Atlanta, GA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Jesse Carradine (6-0-1): the fight was on the undercard at the World Congress Center; Evgeny consistently outworked Carradine and dominated most of the fight; scored 59-55 on all three scorecards…

On 10-29-10 in Charlotte, NC, he won by TKO (5th round) against previously undefeated Cordaro Simpkins (5-0): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Kevin Johnson-Charles Davis main event; Evgeny was cut badly on his forehead by a clash of heads in the 1st round, but stopped Simpkins at 1:39 of the 5th round…

On 9-17-10 in Chicago he won by TKO (3rd round) against Steven Johnson (5-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Andy Lee-Michael Walker main event; Evgeny scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 1st round; he rocked Johnson with a series of punches in the 3rd, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14…

On 6-19-10 in Tacoma he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Manuel Ortega (1-2): the bout was on the undercard at the Emerald Queen, and Evgeny dominated; he consistently outworked Ortega, landed the harder punches, and won by scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 5-15-10 in Charlotte he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:37) against Andrew Barnes (0-3)…

On 4-10-10 in Rancho Mirage, CA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Benjamin Rivera (0-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the David Estrada-Orlando Lora main event; Evgeny consistently outworked Rivera and landed the harder punches; he rocked Rivera with a series of punches in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:54…

He debuted at the age of 23 on 3-19-10 in Louisville, KY, and won by TKO (1st round, 1:55) against Travis Bedwell (debut)…

Amateur / Personal Background

 

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Evgeny said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Igrim, Siberia. I have a brother, two years younger. My parents still live in Igrim. My father is a welder, and my mother has a security job at a students’ dormitory. My brother boxed as an amateur, but didn’t continue with it.

“I started boxing when I was 13 years old. I wanted to play soccer at my school, but I was too small. They have boxing sessions after they play soccer, so I went to a boxing session. I tried it and I liked it.

“I had somewhere around 150 amateur fights, with maybe 126 wins. I was on the Russian National team in 2007 and 2008. I’m naturally righthanded.

Evgeny and his wife, Ekaterina, have a daughter named Veronica, born on June 1, 2012…they won’t, however, be at the fight – Evgeny said, “She gets too nervous and worries too much to come to the fights, so she'll stay at home.”…

Manager Egis Klimas said, "Evgeny and Ruslan Provodnikov were roommates in college. I was at the fight of Provodnikov and told that story to Bob Arum. Bob Arum told me right away, he said, 'If I were you, I would buy a ticket and go to that region to find more fighters.' "

Evgeny added, "We come from two little villages in one small area. I know Ruslan for more than half my life, since I was 13 or 14. He is one of my best friends. When we finish school, we studied at the same university and lived together – we were roommates for five or six, maybe six or seven years – I don't remember. After university, we both became physical education teachers. We teach people how to box."…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2009 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Rostov, Russia, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 11-16-09 he lost a 6-0 decision against Araik Ambartsumov

2009 FAIRUZOV MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT – Ufa, Russia, 132 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-8-09 he won a 14-1 decision against Ruslan Veliyev of Russia; in the semifinals on 4-10-09 he lost an 11-10 decision against Leonid Kostylev of Russia…

2008 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Kaliningrad, Russia, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 10-8-08 he won a 17-11 decision against Vyacheslav Shipunov; in the quarterfinals on 10-9-08 he lost a 14-11 decision against Leonid Kostylev

2007 MAKAR MAZAY MEMORIAL – Mariupol, Ukraine, 125 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-12-07 he won a 37-11 decision against Charlie Suarez of Philippines; in the semifinals on 7-14-07 he lost a 20-15 decision against Dmytro Bulenkov of Ukraine…

2007 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Yakutsk, Russia, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 5-3-07 he won a 33-20 decision against Andrey Trofimov; in the quarterfinals on 5-6-07 he lost a 26-11 decision against Albert Selimov

2006 AMBER GLOVES – Kaliningrad, Russia, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 9-21-06 he stopped Luke Jackson of Australia in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 9-23-06 he stopped Marcel Meyerdiercks of Germany in the 3rd round; in the finals on 9-24-06 he stopped Zalkar Bakirov of Kyrgystan in the 3rd round…

2006 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Khanty-Manssiysk, Russia, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 2-27-06 he was stopped in the 2nd round against Araik Ambartsumov

2005 OIL PRODUCING COUNTRIES CUP – Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, 125 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 12-1-05 he won a 37-26 decision against Bashir Hassan of Sweden; in the semifinals on 12-3-05 he was stopped in the 3rd round against Alexander Komarenko of Russia…

2005 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Magnitogorsk, Russia, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 8-14-05 he won a 32-9 decision against Alexandr Artemev; in his second fight on 8-15-05 he won a 48-31 decision against Igor Ivanov; in the quarterfinals on 8-18-05 he lost a 24-14 decision against Artur Ganeyev

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…a sharp, accurate puncher…at his best, he keeps a fast pace in the ring, outworks his opponents and wears them down…a hard worker in the gym, is always in top condition…tough, determined, and durable…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 24 fights…170 total rounds…65 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 7 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 42 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 4 (3-0-1)…10 rounds – 3 (3-0)…