| Taras Bіdenko|
| 8 February 1980 (age 35)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (1980-02-08) |
Artur Szpilka, Denis Boytsov, Volodymyr Virchis
Taras Bidenko (born February 8, 1980 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a German-based professional boxer who fights in the heavyweight division.
Bidenko boxed as an amateur before turning professional in June 2000, winning his first fight in Mariupol, Ukraine, in which Bidenko beat Kiev fighter Stanislav Tomkatchov on the undercard of an Alexander Gurov fight.
In only his fourth professional fight, Bidenko fought Nikolay Valuev in July 2002 in Seoul, South Korea for the Pan Asia PABA Heavyweight Title. Valuev at the time had a record of 28-0 and had vastly more experience than Bidenko at the time and Valuev won the fight on points over twelve rounds.
He later moved to Germany where he lost his second fight to hard-punching Vladimir Virchis by late KO (he was leading at that point) but beat amateur star Alex Mazikin and several clubfighters like George Arias and Cisse Salif. In 2008 he outpointed respected Michael Sprott.
He was defeated by Denis Boytsov on June 6, 2009 by technical knockout in the sixth round.
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