|Real name||Andriy Kotelnyk|
|Rated at||light welterweight|
December 29, 1977 |
|Wins by KO||13|
|Olympic medal record|
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.
Kotelnik reportedly had an amateur record of 135-15.
- 1995 won the Junior European Championship in Siofok, Hungary as a flyweight
- 1997 competed as a Featherweight at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Results were:
- 2000 won the silver medal as a Lightweight at the Sydney Olympics. Results were:
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
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
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
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. 
Professional boxing record
|31 Wins (13 knockouts), 4 Losses, 1 Draws|
|Loss||31–4-1||Devon Alexander||UD||12 (12)||2010-08-07||Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA||For IBF light welterweight title
WBC light welterweight title.
|Loss||31–3-1||Amir Khan||UD||12 (12)||2009-07-18||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom||Loss WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||31–2-1||Marcos Maidana||SD||12 (12)||2009-02-07||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany]||Retain WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||30–2-1||Norio Kimura||UD||12 (12)||2008-09-13||Sportpalace Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine||Retain WBA Light Welterweight title.|
- "The Official Site of Andriy Kotelnyk".
- News and Pictures of Andriy Kotelnyk
- Professional boxing record for Andreas Kotelnik from BoxRec
|WBA Super Lightweight Champion
March 22, 2007 – July 18, 2009