NEW YORK (February 3, 2010) – Arthur Pelullo and Gary Shaw, presidents of Banner Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, respectively, announced the signing of undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight world champion SERGIY “Razor” DZINZIRUK to an exclusive promotional agreement.
Boasting matinee idol looks, Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs), the division’s longest-reigning champion, is a native of Ukraine currently fighting out of Hamburg, Germany. He captured the WBO title in 2005, sending defending champion Daniel Santos to the canvas in the eighth round en route to a unanimous decision victory and the world championship belt.
Dzinziruk’s four-year title reign has included five successful defenses against a roster of top-rated contenders who had a combined record of 126-7-2 (98 KOs) – a winning percentage of over 93% and a victory by knockout ratio exceeding 77% — when he fought them. His last defense was unanimous decision victory over Joel Julio.
He had an outstanding amateur career, as well. Sergiy represented Ukraine at 147 pounds in the 1996 Olympics at 147 pounds, and was the silver medalist at the 1997 World Champonships.
Pelullo said today, “I’m very excited and pleased to be working with Sergiy Dzinziruk – I think he’s the top junior middleweight in the world. Sergiy wants to come to America. He wants to fight the best opponents possible and unify the world titles. I’m also looking forward to working again with Gary. We’ve been friends for many years and have always worked well together in the past.”
Added Shaw, “No one is safe once they step into the ring with Sergiy. There’s a reason he’s called The Razor. He cuts his opponents up to ribbons. He is one of the brightest lights in boxing’s most exciting division. Artie and I have big plans for him which will include his U.S. debut this spring and setting up his base of operations in Los Angeles where will be taking screen tests. He’s going to become an international sensation.”