Andreas Kotelnik

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Andreas Kotelnik
Андрій Котельник
Andreas Kotelnik.jpg
Real name Andriy Kotelnyk
Nickname(s) Kotelya
Rated at light welterweight
Height 5' 7½"
Nationality Ukraine Ukrainian
Born (1977-12-29) December 29, 1977 (age 36)
Lviv, Ukraine
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 31
Wins by KO 13
Losses 4
Draws 1
No contests 0
Olympic medal record
Men's boxing
Silver 2000 Sydney Lightweight

Andriy "Andreas" Kotelnyk (Ukrainian: Андрій Котельник; born December 29, 1977) is a Ukrainian boxer who won the Lightweight Silver Medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He is a former WBA light welterweight champion.

Amateur record[edit]

Kotelnik reportedly had an amateur record of 135-15.

Professional career[edit]

Kotelnik turned pro in 2000 and won his first 23 bouts prior to losing to Souleymane M'baye in Paris in 2004 via split decision. In 2005 he lost in a European title clash to Junior Witter on a close unanimous decision, but later in the year defeated former Olympic gold medallist Mohamad Abdulaev. Kotelnik beat Gavin Rees for the WBA light-welterweight title on 22 March 2008 in the Cardiff International Arena via 12th round TKO and made his first successful defence in his hometown of L'viv against Japanese champion Norio Kimura.

Kotelnik was scheduled to face Dmitry Salita on the undercard of the Joe Calzaghe / Roy Jones Jr. clash in November 2008, but had to pull out due to injury. Consequently, he faced mandatory challenger Marcos Maidana on February 7, 2009, in Rostock.

Kotelnik vs. Maidana[edit]

The fight was a fast paced bout with both fighters landing strong shots to the head and body. Maidana mostly controlled the early rounds by landing blistering power shots, causing significant swelling to Kotelnik's face. Kotelnik regained his composure after round four and the fight became more closely contested. In the ninth Kotelnik was rocked heavily by a right hand that caught him flush. In the twelfth and final round, Kotelnik went on the defensive while Maidana attempted to get the knockout, strafing his opponent with numerous vicious shots. Kotelnik would survive this and ultimately win the fight via an extremely controversial unanimous decision.

Kotelnik vs. Khan[edit]

On July 7th, 2009, Kotelnik faced off against Amir Khan for the WBA light welterweight title. Khan was moving up in weight from lightweight, and had only eight months earlier suffered a brutal first round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott. Despite his opponent moving up in weight, Kotelnik was thoroughly dominated throughout the fight. Khan used his lightning fast reflexes to consistently dictate the tempo of the fight, and to keep his opponent from ever scoring either on the inside or outside.

Kotelnik vs. Alexander[edit]

Kotelnik's last fight before announcing his retirement was against undefeated IBF and WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander. The fight was fought at an extremely fast pace, with a total of 1876 punches being thrown by both fighters. Alexander in fact had thrown nearly 650 jabs, however only landing 64, compared to Kotelnik who threw 397 but landed 116. Alexander would win a very controversial decision, receiving a 116-112 victory from all three judges. Most observers felt Kotelnik did enough to win by landing the more effective punches also utilising a very effective jab. HBO's Harold Ledderman scored the bout 117-111 for Alexander which was looked at as a terrible scorecard. [1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (13 knockouts), 4 Losses, 1 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 31–4-1 United States Devon Alexander UD 12 (12) 2010-08-07 United States Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA For IBF light welterweight title

WBC light welterweight title.

Loss 31–3-1 United Kingdom Amir Khan UD 12 (12) 2009-07-18 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom Loss WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 31–2-1 Argentina Marcos Maidana SD 12 (12) 2009-02-07 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany] Retain WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 30–2-1 Japan Norio Kimura UD 12 (12) 2008-09-13 Ukraine Sportpalace Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine Retain WBA Light Welterweight title.

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Preceded by
Gavin Rees
WBA Super Lightweight Champion
March 22, 2007 – July 18, 2009
Succeeded by
Amir Khan