|Real name||Dmitry Yurievich Pirog|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Reach||178 cm (70 in)|
27 June 1980|
Temryuk, Temryuksky District, Krasnodar Krai, Soviet Union (now Russia)
|Wins by KO||15|
Dmitry Yurievich Pirog (Russian: Дмитрий Юрьевич Пирог; born 27 June 1980) is a Russian former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2012. He held the WBO middleweight title from 2010 to 2012, and although his career was cut short due to a debilitating back injury, he is one of the few professional boxers to win a world title and retire undefeated.
Early life and amateur career
At the age of eight, Pirog was a keen chess player and won some tournaments in the town of Temryuk, Russia. However, he soon felt as though he was not getting enough activity from chess, and decided to seek a sport instead. At his local gym, he discovered boxing and began fighting as an amateur, having relocated to the city of Krasnodar. In his amateur career, Pirog claims to have won 200 fights and lost 30, all of which prepared him for the professional ranks.
Pirog made his professional debut on 29 July 2005, scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over fellow debutant Sasun Oganyan. On his fourth fight, he defeated Sergey Tatevosyan to become the Russian national middleweight champion. Tatevosyan was an experienced veteran and gave Pirog a tough fight, but Pirog's skills ultimately prevailed and he won a unanimous decision (98-91, 98-93, 97-95). From late 2007 to early 2010, Pirog won many regional and international middleweight titles from both the WBC and WBO.
WBO middleweight champion
Pirog's first world title shot arrived on 31 July 2010, against fellow undefeated prospect Daniel Jacobs, with the vacant WBO middleweight title on the line. The belt had last belonged to Sergio Martínez, who was stripped due to not complying with the WBO's rules. Pirog came in as a relatively unknown contender to American audiences, while Jacobs had the overwhelming backing of manager Al Haymon and promoters Golden Boy, as well as a very high knockout percentage. Jacobs started the fight well and was ahead by 39–37 on all scorecards by round four. However, Pirog managed to hurt Jacobs with a right hand. In the fifth round of the fight, Pirog scored a major upset when he knocked Jacobs down with a hard right hand. Jacobs was unable to get back up and the referee waved off the fight, giving Pirog a knockout win and making him the new WBO middleweight champion. After the fight, Pirog said "After the second round, I knew I was good. I hurt him in the second and I knew I could come back and do it again."
Pirog's exposure to worldwide audiences grew overnight, as the fight took place on HBO pay-per-view as part of the undercard to Juan Manuel Márquez vs. Juan Díaz II. However, in his subsequent two years as champion, Pirog only managed to make three defences, the last of which took place on 1 May 2012. In this fight, Pirog scored a wide unanimous decision (120–108, 119–109, 117–111) against Nobuhiro Ishida.
Injury and retirement
On 25 August 2012, Pirog was stripped of his title by the WBO after choosing to fight WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin instead of WBO interim champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam. During training for the Golovkin fight, Pirog suffered a serious back injury—a ruptured disc—which forced cancellation of the fight. Several comeback attempts by Pirog were thwarted by ongoing back problems, effectively forcing his premature retirement.
Pirog is a diploma graduate of Kuban State University and holds a managerial boxing license. Some of the boxers he has managed include Fedor Papazov and Vasily Lepikhin. In 2010, Pirog was the vice president of the Professional Boxing Federation in the Southern Federal District of Russia. On March 2017, Pirog replaced Alexander Metkin in the State Duma, the Russian lower house, representing governing party United Russia.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|20 fights||20 wins||0 losses|
|20||Win||20–0||Nobuhiro Ishida||UD||12||1 May 2012||Krylatskoye Sports Palace, Moscow, Russia||Retained WBO middleweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Gennady Martirosyan||RTD||10 (12), 3:00||25 Sep 2011||Sports Palace Olymp, Krasnodar, Russia||Retained WBO middleweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Javier Maciel||UD||12||26 Mar 2011||DIVS, Yekaterinburg, Russia||Retained WBO middleweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Daniel Jacobs||KO||5 (12), 0:57||31 Jul 2010||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US||Won vacant WBO middleweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Sergei Melis||TKO||6 (10), 2:42||27 Apr 2010||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won WBC Baltic middleweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Eric Mitchell||TKO||5 (12), 1:07||6 Feb 2010||Aquarium Hotel, Myakinino, Russia||Retained WBO Asia Pacific middleweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Kofi Jantuah||UD||12||26 Jun 2009||Völklingen, Saarland, Germany||Won vacant WBC International middleweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Kuvanych Toygonbayev||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||6 Dec 2008||Circus, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia||Retained WBC–ABCO and WBO Asia Pacific middleweight titles|
|12||Win||12–0||Geard Ajetovic||UD||10||19 Jul 2008||Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia|
|11||Win||11–0||Aslanbek Kodzoev||KO||4 (12), 1:27||12 Apr 2008||Palace of UGMC, Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Russia||Retained WBC–ABCO middleweight title;|
Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific middleweight title
|10||Win||10–0||Alexey Chirkov||RTD||2 (12), 3:00||25 Oct 2007||Casino Vodoley, Ekaterinburg, Russia||Won vacant WBC–ABCO middleweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Aliaksandr Vaiavoda||TKO||9 (10)||2 Jun 2007||Hotel Olimp, Krasnodar, Russia||Won vacant WBC–CISBB middleweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Juan Manuel Alaggio||TKO||4 (10)||24 Mar 2007||FK Yunost, Kaliningrad, Russia|
|7||Win||7–0||Rodrigues Moungo||TKO||1 (6), 2:54||10 Dec 2006||Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia|
|6||Win||6–0||Zviadi Purtskhvanidze||RTD||5 (10), 3:00||25 Oct 2006||Casino Crystall, Moscow, Russia||Retained Russia middleweight title|
|5||Win||5–0||Islam Yusupov||TKO||2 (10)||17 Jul 2006||Akademia, Gelendzhik, Russia|
|4||Win||4–0||Sergey Tatevosyan||UD||10||16 Apr 2006||Casino Crystall, Moscow, Russia||Won vacant Russia middleweight title|
|3||Win||3–0||Sergey Gribkov||TKO||3 (6)||23 Dec 2005||Vityaz Podolsk, Russia|
|2||Win||2–0||Denis Balandin||RTD||3 (6), 3:00||4 Nov 2005||Stavropol, Russia|
|1||Win||1–0||Sasun Oganyan||TKO||6 (6)||29 Jul 2005||Gelendzhik, Russia|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held bySergey Khomitsky
| Russia middleweight champion
16 April 2006 – October 2007
Title next held byGennady Martirosyan
| WBC–CISBB middleweight champion
2 June 2007 – October 2007
Title next held bySandor Micsko
|New title|| WBC–ABCO middleweight champion
16 April 2006 – June 26, 2009
Won International title
Title next held byPradeep Singh
Title last held byJamie Pittman
| WBO Asia Pacific middleweight champion
16 April 2006 – 31 July 2010
Won world title
Title next held byLes Sherrington
Title last held byDomenico Spada
| WBC International middleweight champion
26 June 2009 – June 2010
Title next held byDavid Lemieux
Title last held bySergei Melis
| WBC Baltic middleweight champion
27 April 2010 – July 2010
Title next held byDaniel Urbanski
|World boxing titles|
Title last held bySergio Martínez
| WBO middleweight champion
31 July 2010 – 25 August 2012
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
promoted from interim status