Andriy Kotelnik Ready To Retire, Plans Final Career Fight
By Ruslan Chikov
Former WBA junior welterweight world champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-4-1, 13 KOs), announces the imminent end of his boxing career. The Ukrainian fighter recently celebrated his 34th birthday. His decision was partially made due to health problems, but he also felt a lack of support to obtain championship fights. Kotelnik was the first man to beat Gavin Rees and Marco Maidana. He lost a decision to Amir Khan in 2009 and then a controversial decision to Devon Alexander in 2010.
Kotelnik wants to stage one farewell figh, either in the United States or Kiev, Ukraine.
"This year I determined the fact that my career is coming to an end. I do not lack the desire to train, but my old injuries manifest themselves [when I train]. As soon as I start training, [the old injuries] immediately return in my back, leg, and so on. I want to have at least one fight, either in America or in Kiev. If I do not get offers in the United States, then my fight in Kiev will be my last. This will be a ten round fight, a typical fight at the end of my career. I know my capabilities and I know what I could do to prove who the real champion of the world really is. But I do not have a manager who could help me [get those fights], I'm not able to do anything. I do not want to waste what I've worked for, for 25 years. I do not want to be someone's sparring partner or a [name] used [for] records." - declared Kotelnik.
I want to see him against Matthysee and Morales. And Bradley, but that's not as likely.Comment by bojangles1987 on 12-30-2011
Did he even fight again after getting screwed against Alexander? I don't remember anything. Good luck with future endeavors, hope they work out for him. Very good fighter.Comment by southpaw_07 on 12-30-2011
bad, he is a top 5 guy in the division. so much for going to the US to get a break in your career, his career got broken because of the Devon robbery, didnt get a win and everyone avoided…Comment by JKidd2624 on 12-30-2011
Didn't have the power to be truly feared, but his style, boxing abilities, and sound defense made him a very tough task for anyone that set a date with him. Definitely was robbed a few times down the road, but…Comment by nomadman on 12-30-2011
[QUOTE=Owlzfan84;11616496]He is waaaay to good to be a gatekeeper. Outside of Khan, no one has really beaten him. I thought he won all his other fights, and he mainly lost due to homecooking. Its a shame, he really is a…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (17)