ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s boxer, bronze medalist of the 2012 London Olympics Ivan Dychko has returned from Austria, where he spent two weeks training at the invitation of Wladimir Klitschko and his team.
For Klitschko, the Ukrainian former champion, the training in Austria was part of preparations for a rematch with Briton Tyson Fury, which is contracted to take place later this year following Klitschko’s defeat last November and the subsequent loss of his heavyweight champion titles from the World Boxing Association, the International Boxing Federation, The International Boxing Organisation and The Ring.
Training sessions took place at the Klitschko team’s base in the mountain village of Going in the Austrian Alps. A total of eight boxers trained alongside Dychko. Despite the fact that he was the only amateur at this gathering, coaches and fellow fighters noted the quality of the Kazakh boxer, who won bronze in the 2012 London Olympics and is preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“Everything was top notch. Of course, it was interesting to check yourself in sparring against such a great and experienced fighter as Wladimir Klitschko. …The two weeks with Klitschko’s team were a great experience,” commented Dychko. He also confirmed that the date for the rematch with Fury had not yet been scheduled.
Ahead for Kazakhstan’s 25-year-old boxer are final training sessions before he travels to Rio along with the entire Kazakh Olympic team. Dychko will represent Kazakhstan in the heavyweight category (more than 91 kg).