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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Introducing Pavlo Ishchenko

Pavlo Ishchenko was a decorated amateur before turning professional last fall. Ishchenko fought in the 2012 Olympics on the famed Ukrainian team led by Vasyl Lomachenko. He lost to American rising star Joseph Diaz Jr. in the first round. In 2013, he won gold at the European championships.

Ishchenko was born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the southeastern part of Russia. He attended school in Kherson, Ukraine, a city near disputed Crimea. There Pavel attended the local Chabad. Lou DiBella Entertainment's profile claims he has a Jewish parent.

Ishchenko has since moved to Brooklyn to pursue his professional boxing career. On September 18, 2015, Ishchenko made his pro debut in New Jersey. The super featherweight stopped Nicholas Rodriguez in the second round. One month later, he KOed 13-fight veteran Dzmitri Agafonau, who sports a winning record.

Nicknamed "Wild Man," Pavlo won a six-round unanimous decision over Rafael Vazquez in New York last February. Ishchenko is only 24 years old and at 5'7" is a good height for his weight class. With 294 wins in a 317-fight amateur career, Ishchenko is a prospect to watch.

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