By Francisco Salazar
Thus far in his young career, Serhii Bohachuk has demonstrated explosive power that can end a fight at any time.
The unbeaten junior middleweight from the Ukraine may be a prospect now, but according to promoter Tom Loeffler, Bohachuk may wind up fighting for a world title belt sooner than people may think.
Bohachuk will be in action tonight, when he squares off against veteran Ronald Montes at The Avalon in Hollywood, California. The six-round bout will headline a ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ card, which will be streamed on 360Promotions.us (9:15 p.m. ET/ 6:15 p.m. PT).
At Monday’s weigh-in, Bohachuk weighed 157.2 pounds. Montes, who resides in Barranquilla, Colombia, weighed in at 157.8 pounds.
The 23-year-old Bohachuk (10-0, 10 knockouts) stopped veteran Nikolozi Gviniashvili after the fifth round on July 21 on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk-Murat Gassiev cruiserweight unification fight. Tonight will mark Bohachuk’s fifth fight of 2018.
Bohachuk now resides in Big Bear Lake, California, where he trains with Abel Sanchez.
Loeffler believes Bohachuk will continue to get better, not only from the work he does with Sanchez, but training alongside the likes of Gennady Golovkin.
“There’s a lot to like about Serhii,” Loeffler told Boxingscene.com Monday afternoon. “I really believe he will be a future world champion. He’s young, explosive, and has beaten solid opposition. He sees what Gennady, Murat Gassiev, and Ryan Martin do to prepare for big fights.”
Bohachuk may or may not fight again this year, depending on what happens tonight against Montes, but the plan is for Bohachuk to face stronger opposition in 10-round bouts in 2019.
“The next plan for Serhii is to have him in 10-round fights,” said Loeffler. “He’s getting better with each fight and we’re going to make the push for him late next year to have him in more high-profile fights.”
Montes (18-10, 16 KOs) has lost seven of his last eight bouts.
In the co-feature, middleweight Jonathan Esquivel (7-0, 7 KOs) of nearby Anaheim will square off against Rowdy (Brahmavigi) Montgomery, Jr. (5-1-1, 4 KOs) of Victorville in a six round bout.
Junior featherweight Humberto Rubalcava (8-0, 6 KOs) of Orange will face Mexico’s Robert Pucheta (10-14-1, 6 KOs) in a six round bout.
Four more fights will round out the card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing