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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Ostroumov Wins Grueling Bout

Mikhael Ostroumov defeated Vasily Shtyk be way of decisive decision last night at USC Soviet Wings in Moscow, Russia. In a battle of southpaws, Ostroumov’s relentless pressure and volume punching carried the fight.

Shtyk, a 26 year old based in Russia, impressed in the opening round. In his previous fight against Shamil Khataev, Shytk boxed, but he stood his ground early in this contest. Shtyk connected with solid power jabs as Ostroumov came straight forward with his hands up. While the 22 year old Israeli-native bullied Shtyk and landed a solid left in the first, Shtyk landed the best punch of the round, a right hook that wobbled Ostroumov. Shtyk followed up with some additional clean punches but soon backed off.

The second round featured a similar flow as the first except Ostroumov was more effective. He continued to press forward and Shtyk spent most of the round with his back on the ropes. Ostroumov is a body basher, and his assault to the midsection wore down Shtyk and took away his will.

Shtyk rabbit punched incessantly beginning in that second round and continuing throughout the fight. Ostroumov landed a retaliatory low right, and Shtyk reacted as if he had forgotten his cup. It was a telling moment. Ostroumov never complained as he continued to eat headbutts, endure shots to the back of his head, and receive punches on the break. Instead, he stayed focus on the goal. Shtyk, on the other hand, wasn’t as stoic. He opened the third with a good jab as Ostroumov carelessly rushed forward, and a bit later he landed a check right hook, but that was essentially his last gasp.

Shtyk had another dramatic reaction to a low right in the third. In the next round, he lost a point for hitting on the break, which didn’t deter him from continuing to foul. Incongruously, Shtyk looked for a way out of the increasingly ugly beating he absorbed while remaining in the fight, taking his licks, and even fighting back, albeit to an ever-diminishing degree.

The final two rounds constituted a showcase for Ostroumov. He wouldn’t stop punching and he kept landing more crushing blows. His overhand left was particularly fetching. He threw powerful combinations, turned to another angle, and hit Shtyk some more. The referee was well within his right to stop the fight in the first minute of the final round. Though Shtyk resorted exclusively to illegal punches by the sixth, and the ref had to remind him to turn around and fight after a break, he was physically very tough, and survived the battering. His heart might not be made of iron, but his chin is.

The ring announcer declared Ostroumov the winner without reading the scores, but the The JBB had it 59-54, only giving Shtyk the first. Ostroumov is now 2-0-1 with one KO and Shtyk falls to 1-2 with one KO.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Ostroumov Scheduled to Fight Vasily Shtyk on Friday

Super middleweight Mikhael Ostroumov is scheduled to face Vasily Shtyk on Friday at USC Soviet Wings in Moscow, Russia. Ostroumov is 1-0-1 with one KO while Shtyk is 1-1 with one KO.

Ostroumov is a 22 year old southpaw who fought to a disputed draw against Ravshan Ergashev, who was 5-0, on September 4. The JBB scored the bout for Ostroumov. All of the Israeli native's pro bouts have been held at this same arena.

Shtyk's shtick is boxing behind the stick. Though he owns an even record, he's no stiff. A 26 year old southpaw born in Belarus who fights out of town near Ikutsk near the Mongolian border, Shtyk was a decent amateur who had some success within Russia. Two years ago, Shtyk defeated Dmitriy Belykh in Irtusk by way of third round TKO. That has been Belykh's only pro fight.

Last month, Shtyk took on 3-0 Shamil Khataev, who had some international success as an amateur. In the bout, Shtyk used his jab to keep distance early. He doesn't possess the fastest hands or perfect punching technique, but he showed a potentially dangerous left hand. Vasily can loop the left and throw it straight down the middle effectively. He didn't throw any right hooks or uppercuts, he ignored the body, and didn't look to counter. Though only one judge gave him as much as a round, Shtyk was competitive during the first four rounds of an eight-round affair against Khataev.

Ostroumov is listed as three inches taller, and he is four years younger. Mikhael showed impressive skill and toughness in his last bout. Shtyk came apart a bit in the second half of his fight against Khataev. He didn't show the necessary mental toughness beginning in the fifth round. He often ignored the most important rule of boxing: protect yourself at all times. He constantly complained to the referee when he felt he was hit low, throwing his hands down and stepping back, leaving himself exposed. He suffered a bad cut by his right eye in the eighth round- fewer than two months ago mind you- and didn't handle it well. Shtyk spent the final round either running or holding. He turned his back to his opponent several times after breaks indicating he didn't want to be there.

This bout is now scheduled for six rounds. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mikhael Ostroumov to Fight This Month

Southpaw super middleweight Mikhael Ostroumov is scheduled to fight at USC Soviet Wings in Moscow, Russia on October 30 according to BoxRec. Ostroumov is a 22 year old Israeli-born resident of Russia. He is 1-0-1 with one knockout in his young career.

In his first bout in June, Ostroumov punished his veteran foe to the body. Karen Avetisyan was in survival mode early and the fight was waved off in the second round. Last month, Ostroumov fought 5-0 brawler Ravshan Ergashev. Ostroumov dominated early but faded late and received a questionable majority draw. The JBB scored the fight in Mikhael's favor.

This will be Ostroumov's third fight in the same venue. This bout is scheduled for six rounds. No opponent has been announced.