Derevyanchenko-Soliman, Khytrov-Mendez in Play: 7/21 on ESPN

By Steve Kim

A source tells that the July 21st Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN card will be doubleheader headlined by a pair of middleweights who hail originally from the Ukraine, Sergiy Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KO's) and Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KO's).

Derevyanchenko is scheduled to face former world titlist, Sam Soliman, in what will be an IBF eliminator for the number two spot. The IBF belt is currently held by Gennady Golovkin. Meanwhile, it looks like Khytrov (13-0, 11 KO's) will be facing Paul Mendez as the co-feature.

No venue has been nailed down for this event.


Derevyanchenko was in action back in March, at super middleweight, when he knocked out Mike Guy in the eight round. Soliman (44-13, 18KOs). Soliman has been inactive since last June's twelve round split decision loss to Dominic Wade in a fight where some felt the old veteran did enough to get the nod from the judges.

Khytrov also saw action in March, when he went the ten round distance to win a hard-fought unanimous decision over Kenneth McNiel. Mendez (19-2-2, 9KOs) was seen in the ring back in August, when he stopped Andrik Saralegui in two rounds.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 06-04-2016

Khytrov-Mendez is a good fight But Solimon lol no

Comment by IMDAZED on 06-03-2016

Nice pairings -- something to look forward to. Remember when Al Haymon was racist because he didn't work with white fighters? :lol1:

Comment by Eastcoast on 06-03-2016

[QUOTE=j0zef;16760883]Why are you so high on Derevyanchenko? He doesn't have the best physical attributes, is not a great amateur and is already 30. What am I missing? Just personal opinion?[/QUOTE] Derevyanchenko doesn't have great reach/height, and not a big puncher,…

Comment by 1g5a22 on 06-03-2016

Two best MW prospects.. Man MW & LHW are getting dominated by former soviet nation boxers LOL

Comment by King_ on 06-03-2016

[QUOTE=j0zef;16760883]Why are you so high on Derevyanchenko? He doesn't have the best physical attributes, is not a great amateur and is already 30. What am I missing? Just personal opinion?[/QUOTE] Agreed. He's not very good, IMO.

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