Unbeaten Universum heavyweight Denis Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs), rated #4 by all four sanctioning organizations, will be out of action until September after undergoing an operation on his right hand. Due to continuous pain in the right metacarpal, the 24-year-old power-puncher had a piece of bone from his hip moved to stabilize the hand at the Elim Hospital in Hamburg.
“For several years I’ve felt a lot of pain after my fights,” said Boytsov. “The operation was successful and I already notice a large effect. Everything feels much more stable. In the coming months, my punching power will prove to be higher.”
Universum physician Dr. Michael Ehnert explained, “When Denis was 17 years old, he suffered a fracture in his right metacarpal at the World Amateur Championships. This hasn’t healed and has led to the formation of a pseudo-joint with increasing instability and lasting pain. The hand was therefore hardly used for and required surgical stabilization, which included a bone transplant from the iliac crest and the insertion of wires and screws.”
“We had to act,” said trainer Artur Grigorian,” but Denis will come back even stronger. In September we can all be satisfied the next time he’s in the ring. As of July, he can return to full training.”
Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl added, “As Denis is still on the way to the top, the best time for us to to do this was now. Considering that Denis has won all his fights without 100% effectiveness, you can just imagine what awaits us in the future. The end of his regeneration phase will be bad news for all of his future opponents. Denis will have a much harder punch!”