Boxing 360 has announced today that it has signed unbeaten welterweight prospect Vitaliy “Demyan” Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract.
“We’re looking forward to introducing Vitaliy to a big Kazak community in New York City, in addition to Russian boxing fans living there,” Boxing 360 Founder/CEO Mario Yagobi announced.
“This is a great overall signing for our company. Vitaliy was an accomplished amateur boxer whose father was a Olympic silver medalist. Vitaliy is undefeated as a pro and was rated No. 8 by the WBO in May, but he was dropped due to inactivity. We want to get him in a fight, back in the rankings, and on his way to becoming world champion.”
Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Demyanenko had more than 150 amateur fights, capturing the Kazakhstan National Championship in 1999, as well as a gold medal in the Junior Olympics.
Vitali was born to box. Representing the USSR, his father Viktor Demyanenko was the 1980 Olympic Silver Medalist, as well as the 1979 European lightweight champion. His son, Vitali, however, didn’t start boxing until he was 13, after competing three years in Judo.
Demyanenko is a college graduate who speaks Russian, English, Kajak and is learning Spanish. “I heard a lot of good things about Boxing 360,” he said yesterday on his 28th birthday. “They’ve been good to me and will get me a world title fight. I’m ready to fight anybody in the welterweight division. I want to join my fellow countrymen, (light heavyweight) Beibut Shumenov and (middleweight) Gennady Golovkin, as world champion.
“I have so many tapes of different fighters that I watch to learn from. I’m a boxer who can brawl. I have a good punch but, against good fighters, I need to move around and break them down before mixing it up.”
Now living and fighting out of Los Angeles, Demyanenko is the reigning WBO Asia Pacific and PABA welterweight champion. His most notable victories have been against world title challenger Paul Delgado (DEC12), Anderson Clayton (DEC12), Jorge Daniel Miranda (DEC12) and Walter Sergio Gomez (TKO2).”
“The signing of Vitaliy Demyanenko strengthens the Boxing 360 stable even more,” noted Bob Duffy, Director of Boxing for Boxing 360. “We also have one of the top super bantamweights in the world, Leon Moore, former world champion Alejandro Berrio, new NABA featherweight champ Amanda Serrano, undefeated super middleweight prospect Lennox Allen, and so many other talented boxers.”
A southpaw, Vitaliy sparred two weeks with Lucas Matthysse, who was getting ready for his HBO main event last Saturdaynight against Devon Alexander.
“Boxing 360 is on the rise as one of the hottest, new promoters in boxing,” Demayanenko’s manager Adolfo Perez added.“We’re hoping to get some big fights and win a world title under Boxing 360.”