Saturday, October 28, 2006

Dimitrenko blasts Basile, earns world ranking

STUTTGART, Germany --- Heavyweight phenom Alexander Dimitrenko, 23-0 (14 KOs), Ukraine, 249, scored the biggest win of his budding career with a first-round knockout of surging Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile, 25-2 (12 KOs), 242, according to the German website Hamburg 1, Saturday.

Basile entered the contest riding a 25-fight win streak including 11 victories in 2006. At 6'6" he is just one-inch shorter than fellow big man Dimitrenko.

Not known for exceptional power, many figured Basile would test Dimitrenko's skill because the young Ukrainian could not rely on his usual physical advantages.

Uncharacteristically, Dimitrenko caught his opponent early, forcing a stoppage at 54 seconds of the opener, according to Hamburg 1.

The win will likely lift the 24 year-old into the legitimate top 25 of the heavyweight division.

Basile, 32, who had never fought outside South America before this bout will likely be seen either as an unworthy heavyweight with a padded record or as the latest victim of an ever-improving young superstar.

Only future bouts can determine the significance of this bout.


Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Well put as usual J.E. I happened to have caught this fight (sheer luck really) via web-feed, and well...What can I say? Dimitrinko looked good (not too many look 'bad' in winning in 54 seconds though!) and as for Basile...(???) Who really knows. He was just plain never in the fight. I don't think he's an absolute 'tomato can', but this is his second 1st round KO/TKO loss and he's clearly no 'world beater'. As is often the case with fighters from countries like his - that have never fought outside it - he is probably just a fair journeymen in the overall large scheme of things.

As far as Dimitrinko is concerned, the plan is to have him fight solid opposition in early/mid 2007, and then shoot for elite competition in late-2007. They feel he is close, but still needs a bit more seasoning. And at a just-turned 24 --they have time.

* Sidenote - I will say that AD appears to be fairly fast and athletic for a man of nearly 6'8" and 250.lbs. As for his power; I get the feeling that while it is not tremendous, it is indeed fairly substantial. A couple of things to consider there: Not much unlike Sergei Liahkovich, many of his fights have been against foes who were either a bit 'slippery' and/or just plain had good chins. Throw in a few blown-up cruisers, or patsies whose chins possess the fatigue-resistance of balsa wood, and 'abracadabra': The 50 or 60% KO percentage goes to about 70 or 80%. Also - these eastern-euro fighters are often trained in a win first intelligently versus KO mentality. They had mentioned his 'finishing skills' needed a bit of tweaking and polishing a few months back, but let me tell you...They couldn't have found much fault with him in that department here! (Bottom line: Dimitirinko now has to be considered amongst the front-runners of the young hvy goup, and is definetly deserving of a top-25 ranking in November. Congratulations Mr.Dimitrinko...You have now made J.E Grants hvy list. Feel honored, proud, and privledged...;-)


6:15 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I've already got the #24 slot waiting for him. I hope to catch a glimpse of him too. BTW, I'm sending you an email about some things..........

6:24 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Yes even if his power is so-so, at 6'7" 250, any well-thrown shot can be dangerous.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Final thought...

While watching this fight, I couldn't help but be reminded of a little story years back. (Geez, this is sounding a bit like Larry Merchant. Oh well, he's in his 70's and somebody is going to have to excessively pontificate and spit-out obscure siloquoes I suppose...) Anyhow, this buddy of mine bought a yearling (thouroughbred racehorse) for a very modest fee awhile back. Knowing a bit more about the ponies than your average joe, I took a bit of an added interest in this. He started out racing as a 2 yr.old racing at a little track called Playfair in eastern Washington, and won his first race in very impressive fashion. He won his next few in very impressive fashion as well. So then my slightly giddy and naive-at-the-time buddy started getiing a little excited, thinking that he not only made a good investment (which he did) but may have found a diamond in the rough and a potential goldmine (he did not folks) then proceeded to take him to the very well-respected 'stomping grounds' of Santa Anita California as a 3 yr.old. He was undefeated, but most of the 'wise guys' weren't buying it. He was justifiably listed as a moderate but-not-huge underdog. So where did he finish? I'm not quite sure he has even crossed the finish line yet as we speak folks. He beat one horse (out of about 12) and that one was 'eased' (held back/broke down). It wasn't back to Playfair for my buddy and his horse - but it was indeed back to reality! (lol)

(Utters oddly familar line...)

"Hey Basille...I get the feeling we aren't in "Playfair" anymore..." (lol)


6:45 PM  
Anonymous The cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

10-4 J.E. (#24 with a bullet! lol) Agreed as well. This kid is definetly good J.E, you just can't tell HOW good yet. From the bits that I've read, and the little bit I've seen, it wouldn't surprise me if he is a near-future legit TOP hvy, and it wouldn't surprise me if he got blasted out the first time he makes that step. Just can't tell yet. He is well-schooled and has the prototype-size, but who knows how he's going to react mentally when he gets pushed, or physically when he takes a big one on the chin. Definetly one to keep an eye/ear out for though, and this was indeed an impressive victory/annihalation.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

*** Undercard***

One notable fight on the undercard (and one I regretfully did not see) was a cruiserweight one between Gregory Drizod and Firat Arslan. (Not exactly 'household names' I know, but two pretty good fighters.) Firat Arslan (35 via Turkey) minor upset by winning (TKO 5) over the young (25) undefeated German Gregory Drizod. Actually, this wasn't a HUGE upset, but more than a "slight" one. Arslan is a bit crude and up there in years, but he is one tough S.O.B and has to be now considered a legit contender. (* Not a legit TOP 'mandatory' contender though. It is with a deep sense of regret that I point out this fight was some 'alphabet eliminator'. A slight shame, as this was just a good honest matchup between a couple of top-20 cruisers.)

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for drawing my attention to the fight. You can see it on the following link (it's the second national programe of Germany),1872,1021995,00.html

(see the right column). Basile said he could have fought further but the audience booed him heavily.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that Fritz Sdunek thinks Dimitrenko needs a couple of fights more to be ready for a championship fight (with SL - think Dimitrenko is highly ranked on WBO).


9:18 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I would think he needs another year's worth of fights -- may 6-8 bouts before venturing into title territory. Thanks for the clip.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, when Sdunek was aksed how long it will take him to reach the level of the K's, he said 6 years!!! So, it is possible that his getting old and that's why we have this slight logical problem. Or, he thinks way too highly of his former/current pupils, the K's, or he simply does not think that SL is that good. Who knows? ;)


3:13 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

For some reason, several of the European-based heavys don't make any big moves until they are 30 or older. Don't know why.

5:08 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Meke - I think perhaps he may have been misunsderstood a bit. I heard him say late-2007/early 2008 for him to be 'the new Klitschko' and shoot for elite competition. He would only be 25 then. Perhaps he thinks AD may 'peak' at 30, like it appears Vlad and Sergei are. I'm not sure...

6:36 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

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5:14 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

He may very well peak at 28-30 years old.

5:33 AM  

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