By Alex Potapov
Photo: Elite Boxing
WBC International cruiserweight champion Dmytro Kucher (21-1, 15 KOs) gave an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he spoke about the first defeat in his career in the fight against Ilunga Makabu for the WBC Silver cruiserweight championship, his plans for the future and more.
Dmytro, in your last fight you lost a majority decision to Ilunga Makabu. Tell us about it.
Yes, I lost, but nothing catastrophic happened. I’m sure that I’ll return and I’ll be stronger and better than I was before.
It seemed that you were physically stiff during the fight against a faster opponent. Is that true?
No, I had a good training camp and helping me get ready for the fight were such famous boxers as Denis Lebedev and Alexander Alexeev. I went out to the ring 100% ready and at the end of the bout I fought better than the first six rounds.
In two years, you’ve fought eleven times. Maybe this is the reason for the defeat in your last fight?
Yes, probably. Before the fight with Makabu I needed more time for me. Now I am resting and preparing for my return.
You want a rematch?
I want a rematch, but it all depends on my promoter Elite Boxing Promotion. For me the most important thing now is to successfully return to the ring.
You had one fight in the United States. Tell us about your experiences.
It was an unforgettable experience. Every boxer wants to fight in America and I do too. I am glad that my promoter has provided the opportunity. We lived and were preparing to Los Angeles, where he created all the necessary conditions for training, sparring partners , and more. I hope I will have an opportunity to box again in the United States.
You’ve spent a lot of time getting training for your fights in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Mexico, the USA. Where for you is the best training camp?
Everywhere there is an excellent opportunity, but the best system is in the U.S., where they have all the best conditions.
Which world champions in the cruiserweight division would you like to go against?
All the world champions are very strong fighters, but I’m looking forward to fighting against WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
Did you watch his last fight against Rahim Chahkiev?
Yes, it was a good fight. I was surprised at how the Pole withstood the attacks of Chahkiev and was able to hold out and win by knockout. He is a very dangerous and smart fighter .
When will your next fight be?
I think in November or December. I’ll be ready.