True to its word, Queensberry Poland has hit the ground running in scooping up blue chip prospects.
The newly formed promotional company–headed by Mariusz Krawczynski and Francis Warren—has signed a pair of Russian amateur stars in Andrey Kovalchuk and Alisa Sharifov to promotional pacts. Both will make their respective pro debuts under the QP Poland banner later this fall.
Kovalchuk and Sharifov will also fight under the guidance of co-managers Max Alperovich and Eduard Kravtsov of Premier Management Group. Given the rich amateur pedigree boasted by both boxers, the plan is to not waste any time in advancing to the sport's highest stage.
"We are thrilled to work with QP Poland to usher Andrey and Alisa into the pro ranks this fall," Alperovich said of the forthcoming venture. "Both fighters are tremendous talents with fan friendly styles.
"Our hope is to put them in a position to contend for a world title in the next 2-3 years."
Kovalchuk leaves behind a brilliant amateur where he boasts a 392-34 record. The 27-year old from Priobye, Russia was a two-time Russian National Champion and a two-time Gold medalist in the prestigious World Cup of Petroleum Countries international tournaments.
Known as a pure boxer-puncher, Kovalchuk will campaign in the junior middleweight division.
Sharifov is only slightly less credentialed but whose pressure style figures to be a natural fight for the pro ranks. The 24-year old—who also hails from Priobye—claimed a Gold medal in the 2018 World Championships and a Silver medal during the World Cup of Petroleum Countries tournament that same year.
Both come part of a brilliant amateur run where Sharifov enjoyed a 277-19 record. His forthcoming pro campaign will come in the lightweight division.
The dynamic duo from Russia joins a growing stable of young talent which includes a pair of Polish amateur standouts in cruiserweight Michael Soczynski and heavyweight sensation Kamil Mroczkowski. All factor into early stage plans to establish Poland as a boxing hotspot.
“We are always looking to expand the Queensberry Promotions brand and after doing a lot of work and meeting Mariusz, Poland appealed," notes Francis Warren. “We will be signing top Polish amateurs who we can build and make them into champions of tomorrow.
“Queensberry has a track record of doing that and I believe we can lift Polish boxing to an all-time high over the next few years."