Ismayl Sillakh Heading Up To The Cruiserweight Ranks

Text by Edward Chaykovsky, Interview by Chris Robinson

Longtime light heavyweight contender Ismayl Sillakh (21-2, 17KOs) is making a lot of changes in his career. One of the biggest, is his decision to leave the light heavyweight division behind. Sillakh is moving up to the cruiserweight division, a jump of 25-pounds, where the lanky 6'3 fighter believes he will be better suited for battle. In his last fight, on November 30th against WBO 175-pound champion Sergey Kovalev, Sillakh was stopped in two rounds.

"I'm going to move to cruiserweight, 100%. I don't want to lose a lot of weight anymore. Because for my last fight I had to lose 20-pounds [close to the fight]. I will be at cruiserweight now. Right now I'm 195 [pounds]. I feel good, I feel strong because I don't have to lose so much strength and energy. I feel okay to fight with bigger guys," Sillakh said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Banderivets on 02-17-2014

What is he supposed to do? He's a chinny fighter that has been exposed as not being able to handle a punch or get up from KDs...He can't go any further down in weight, so he will go up and…

Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 02-17-2014

I'm not surprised since his last judgment call was fighting Kovalev.

Comment by Mikhnienko on 02-17-2014

[QUOTE=Cuban Linx;14242209]You mean when he landed one punch, after getting out classed and dominated for 7 straight rounds? Unlikely. Sillakh couldn't make the weight anymore, and he got annihilated by Kovalev in the worst possible way. At cruiserweight the talent…

Comment by richardt on 02-16-2014

He is taking a weak chin to a higher weight division!! Not a good move. And before anyone uses the pathetic excuse that he was knocked out twice due to weight issues, that is a myth. He was known in…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-16-2014

[QUOTE=Cuban Linx;14242209]You mean when he landed one punch, after getting out classed and dominated for 7 straight rounds? [/QUOTE] Yes. He exposed that shaky chin for the world to see.

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