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Evgeny Gradovich
Weightclass:
Featherweight
Age:
29
Birthplace:
Igrim, Siberia, Russia
Record:
19-1-1, 9 KOs
Height:
5’8”
Reach:
Managers:
Egis Klimas
Trainers:
Robert Garcia
biography

World championship fights: 3-1-1, 1 KO…
Ranked IBF #7 at 126 pounds...
Former IBF featherweight world champion, four successful defenses…

At the age of 28, Evgeny is a four-year pro. The former IBF featherweight world champion, he was an accomplished amateur in Eastern Europe.
He is a stablemate of WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev and 2008-2012 Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko – all three are managed by Egis Klimas.
After successfully defending his title four times, Evgeny lost on May 30 at the O2 Arena in London by Technical Decision to Lee Selby.  
After the fight, Nate Loop wrote on BleacherReport.com [excerpts]:
Selby had outclassed Gradovich for much of the bout before an accidental clash of heads opened up a major cut on Gradovich's head in the seventh round.
The officials called the bout in the eighth, but by rule, the match had to go to the cards. 
Gradovich's punches came in bunches, but Selby did well to dodge the majority of his biggest swings.
Still, the titleholder closed the gap in the middle rounds through sheer volume and aggression, even if Selby made him look foolish at times... [End Loop note]
Manager Egis Klimas said, "Evgeny and Ruslan Provodnikov [note: former WBO jr. welterweight world champion] 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 said, "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 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...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2015 - 5TH IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight on 5-20 in London, he lost to British challenger Lee Selby (20-1) by Technical Decision. Evgeny suffered a cut on his right eye from an accidental head-butt in the 6th round, forcing the fight to go the cards. Scores: 72-80, 73-79, 73-79...
2014 - 4TH IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - On 11-29-14 in Omaha, Nebraska, he retained his title again by drawing with unbeaten Puerto Rican Jayson Velez (22-0). Most ringside observers scored it for Evgeny, so the decision was not without controversy. Scores: 114-114, 117-111, 113-115...
3RD IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - On 5-31-14 in Macau, CHI, he successfully defended his title, winning by unanimous decision over Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1). Though Evgeny was knocked down in the 6th, he thoroughly dominated the Belgian challenger. Scores 118-110, 117-110 (2x)...
2013 – 2ND IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-24-13 in Macau, CHI, 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, CH, 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...
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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. The 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. I’m a fulltime fighter.”…
Evgeny and his wife have a daughter named Veronica, born on June 1, 2012…his wife and child still live in Russia…
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 MEMORIALINTERNATIONAL 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...
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Biography
  • World championship fights: 3-1-1, 1 KO…
  • Ranked IBF #7 at 126 pounds...
  • Former IBF featherweight world champion, four successful defenses…

At the age of 28, Evgeny is a four-year pro. The former IBF featherweight world champion, he was an accomplished amateur in Eastern Europe.

He is a stablemate of WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev and 2008-2012 Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko – all three are managed by Egis Klimas.

After successfully defending his title four times, Evgeny lost on May 30 at the O2 Arena in London by Technical Decision to Lee Selby.  

After the fight, Nate Loop wrote on BleacherReport.com [excerpts]:

Selby had outclassed Gradovich for much of the bout before an accidental clash of heads opened up a major cut on Gradovich's head in the seventh round.

The officials called the bout in the eighth, but by rule, the match had to go to the cards. 

Gradovich's punches came in bunches, but Selby did well to dodge the majority of his biggest swings.

Still, the titleholder closed the gap in the middle rounds through sheer volume and aggression, even if Selby made him look foolish at times... [End Loop note]

Manager Egis Klimas said, "Evgeny and Ruslan Provodnikov [note: former WBO jr. welterweight world champion] 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 said, "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 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.

"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."

In an earlier interview, Egis Klimas said, “It was in November, 2009 - me and Don Turner went to Russia to a city called Rostov. That’s where the Russian National championships were. That’s where we met Evgeny. My other fighter, Sergey Kovalev, he gave me a tip. He said, ‘One of the kids you have to look at is Evgeny Gradovich.’ ”

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2015 - 5TH IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight on 5-20 in London, he lost to British challenger Lee Selby (20-1) by Technical Decision. Evgeny suffered a cut on his right eye from an accidental head-butt in the 6th round, forcing the fight to go the cards. Scores: 72-80, 73-79, 73-79...

2014 - 4TH IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - On 11-29-14 in Omaha, Nebraska, he retained his title again by drawing with unbeaten Puerto Rican Jayson Velez (22-0). Most ringside observers scored it for Evgeny, so the decision was not without controversy. Scores: 114-114, 117-111, 113-115...

3RD IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - On 5-31-14 in Macau, CHI, he successfully defended his title, winning by unanimous decision over Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1). Though Evgeny was knocked down in the 6th, he thoroughly dominated the Belgian challenger. Scores 118-110, 117-110 (2x)...

2013 – 2ND IBF F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-24-13 in Macau, CHI, 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, CH, 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 - he 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; after the fight, Evgeny said, "I feel good. I expected a very tough fight. Billy wasn't going to give up his championship easily. My game plan was to use my aggression and pressure, pressure, pressure! For right now, I just want to rest and then I'll be able to face the champions, contenders or top fighters in my division."...

 

2012 - on 12-6-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (7th round) against William Villanueva (10-4-1): the bout 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 he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Roberto Osiobe (11-3-4): the fight 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, NV, 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 fight 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 fight 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 fight 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 round, 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 fight 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 fight 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. The 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. I’m a fulltime fighter.”…

Evgeny and his wife have a daughter named Veronica, born on June 1, 2012…his wife and child still live in Russia…

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 MEMORIALINTERNATIONAL 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…for a 17-fight pro, is experienced against very good opposition…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 4 years…21 fights…148 total rounds…65 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 7 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 43 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 4 (2-1-1)…10 rounds – 2 (2-0)…