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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. 

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