Lugar de Nacimiento: Magadan, Far East Russia.
Fecha de Nacimiento: 1953.
Récord Amateur Reclamado: 161 victorias, 24 derrotas.
Campeón de la Unión Soviética de 1978
Born in Magadan (a forced labor colony for criminals and political prisoners). He grew up to become one of the brightest stars of Soviet boxing.
His father, Yakov Antonovich, was part of Soviet naval infantry forces during II World War. After getting nailed by a land mine, he was captured. Inside the POW camp, he fought against former heavyweight world champ Max Schmeling. He lost, but it was as they say today, a “close” fight. Just imagine: one was imprisoned, poorly fed, and obviously overworked, while the other was living a more or less full and meaningful life.
Yakov Antonovich's ninth escape attempt was successful. However, instead of getting his well deserved medals and accolades, he was sent to Kolyma (note: Kolyma was the most infamous region in the whole of the Soviet Union used specifically for the GULAG forced labor camps).
His mother, Meta Joganovna, was born in Estonia. She met Yakov Antonovich in Kolyma (while imprisoned).
From age 6, Yakov Antonovich trained Vysotskiy daily. They always exercised, and also did development training, as well as constant tightening of Vysotskiy's defense. He was the one who taught him to instinctively dodge punches.
Vysotskiy went to a gym at 13 years old, weighing 74 kilos. He lost at his debut at 1966 Magadan city championships.
From the 1972 Munich Olympic Games to the 1976 Montreal Games, Cuban champion Teófilo Stevenson lost only two fights, both at the hands of Vysotskiy.
They first met at the final in “Cordova Cardin” tournament in 1973 in Cuba. Vysotskiy took the first two opponents, both being Cuban, out early. In the third fight, Vysotskiy beat Stevenson on points. Although the score was 3:2, the pace of the fight forced Teofilo to take two necessary breaks to retie his gloves.
A saying in the USSR says “It’s easier to win the World Championships than it is to win ‘Cordova Cardin’.”
Vysotsky's first fight with Jimmy Clark in November 1975 was sensational. Clark was floored and battered around the ring, but rallied magnificently and was on top when Vysotsky was stopped with a cut in the third.
In April 11,1976, in a tournament in Minsk, Vysotskiy knocked down Stevenson in 2nd and again in 3rd for the full count.
Vysotsky is variously reported as being a third rate Russian fighter, or the
best heavyweight they've ever produced. Having seen him on several occasions, I
tend to the latter view. He seemed the complete package to me - hard punching,
quick hands and a real presence in the ring. Virtually all Russians would rank
Gorstkov as the superior fighter, but that seems puzzling at best. Gorstkov was
a classic Russian plodder, while Vysotsky was dynamic.
Vysotsky's problem was that he cut and swelled horribly. His brows rarely held up for the length of an amateur tournament. Indeed, later in his career he fought cautiously in every fight to protect his eyes and his effectiveness diminished.
An article compares Russian Heavyweight Viktor Ivanov to Jerry Quarry. I've always wondered if the writer got his Russians confused as it was Vysotsky who more closely resembled Quarry, although I'd say that Vysotsky was more comfortable taking the lead than was Jerry.
USSR sent both Viktor Ivanov and Vysotsky to the Montreal Olympics 1976 - Vysotsky would be the choice if USSR drew against Cuba. Feeling was that Vysotsky's eyebrows couldn't hold up for the number of fights required.
Before any major tournament the Soviet national team went through a lot of sparring sessions with each other. Before Montreal, in ‘76, Vysotskiy boxed against a light heavy named Kvachadze and received a serious cut.
The Cubans didn’t know it happened and brought two guys to the Olympics, Stevenson and Angel Milián. If Vysotskiy would have participated, Stevenson would be sitting on the alternate’s bench.
Vysotskiy says his most difficult opponents was Angel Milián, who he fought three times winning once and lossing twice; and Evgeniy Gorstkov.
In December 1977, Vysotskiy lost on points against future WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, "although the result was controversial because the bout took place in America"- says Vysotskiy.
In Fall 1978, Muhammad Ali came to Moscow to box 2 rounds each against three of the best Soviet heavyweights of the time, one of whom was of course Vysotskiy. Before the bout, Ali burst into the Soviet fighters’ dressing room screaming and threatening to destroy them. The policeman standing closest to the scene was frightened to death throughout the entire ordeal.
"Unbelievable speed and combinations"
-remembered Vysotskiy - "Still I gavee him some of me too".
Vysotskiy last fight was at the 1980 National championships. It’s also where they determined who went to the 1980 Olympics. "I lost to Gorstkov, and once again, because of a cut, so I decided that I had had enough".
Palmarés Amateur de Igor Vysotskiy:
|1971||Alma-Ata, URS||Vladimir VOLKOV (URS)||W-3||+81 kg||-|
|1971||Alma-Ata, URS||Vladimir VOLKOV (URS)||L-3||+81 kg||-|
|24 marzo 1972||Moscú, URS||Vladimir ZAGURSKY (URS)||L WO - Plata||+81 kg||Torneo Internacional|
|julio 1973||Santiago de Cuba||José Luis CABRERA (CUB)||W||+81 kg||VI Torneo Internacional "Giraldo Córdova Cardín"|
|julio 1973||Santiago de Cuba||Teófilo STEVENSON (CUB)||W-3 (3-2) - Oro||+81 kg||VI Torneo Internacional "Giraldo Córdova Cardín"|
|26 marzo 1974||Izhevsk, URS||V TIMOSCHENKO (URS)||DQ-2||+81 kg||XL Campeonato Nacional de la Unión Soviética|
|28 marzo 1974||Izhevsk, URS||Valeri POCHETUKHIN (URS)||W-3||+81 kg||XL Campeonato Nacional de la Unión Soviética|
|29 marzo 1974||Izhevsk, URS||Gennadi KOKURIN (URS)||L-3 - Bronce||+81 kg||XL Campeonato Nacional de la Unión Soviética|
|17 mayo 1974||Kislovodosk, URS||STEVENS (USA)||KO-1||+81 kg||Unión Soviética vs. USA|
|22 septiembre 1974||Ostrava, CHE||Alexander VASYUSHKIN (URS)||W-3 - Oro||+81 kg||X Vaclav Prochazka Memorial|
|octubre 1974||HOL||Geoghi STOJMENOV (BUL)||KO-2||+81 kg||V Torneo Tulipanes Holandeses|
|octubre 1974||HOL||Lolle VAN HOUTEN (HOL)||KO-1||+81 kg||V Torneo Tulipanes Holandeses|
|octubre 1974||HOL||Felipe RODRÍGUEZ PIÑEIRO (ESP)||WO - Oro||+81 kg||V Torneo Tulipanes Holandeses|
|12 diciembre 1974||Moscú, URS||Yevgueni BATRYGIN (URS)||RET-2||+90 kg||Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|13 diciembre 1974||Moscú, URS||Serguey LOBAREV (URS)||W-3 (5-0)||+90 kg||Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|14 diciembre 1974||Moscú, URS||Guennadi KOKURIN (URS)||W-3 (3-2)||+90 kg||Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|29 diciembre 1974||Moscú, URS||Evgeny GORSTKOV (URS)||L RSCI-3 - Plata||+81 kg||Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|22 enero 1975||Stlentlin, USA||Amory CHAMPAN (USA)||KOT-3||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|28 enero 1975||Nueva York, USA||Helton WILLIS (USA)||KO-1 (0:25 min)||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|27 marzo 1975||Tashkent, URS||Piotr ZAYEV (URS)||L-3||+81 kg||Campeonato Nacional de la Unión Soviética|
|28 agosto 1975||Leningrado, URS||Alexander LEONOV (URS)||W-3||+81 kg||VI Torneo de Leningrado|
|30 agosto 1975||Leningrado, URS||Nikolay AKSYONOV (URS)||L - Plata||+81 kg||VI Torneo de Leningrado|
|14 noviembre 1975||Nueva York, USA||Jimmy CLARK (USA)||L RSCI-3||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|21 marzo 1976||Sverdlovsk, URS||Serguey PLISOV (URS)||RSC-3||+81 kg||Campeonato de la Unión Soviética|
|23 marzo 1976||Sverdlovsk, URS||YAKOVLEV (URS)||RSC||+81 kg||Campeonato de la Unión Soviética|
|24 marzo 1976||Sverdlovsk, URS||Yury SUDAKOV (URS)||L RSC-3||+81 kg||Campeonato de la Unión Soviética|
|11 abril 1976||Minsk, URS||Teófilo STEVENSON (CUB)||KO-3 - Oro||+81 kg||Torneo Usov|
|junio 1976||URS||Evgeny SUDAKOV (URS)||L RSC 3||+81 kg||-|
|27 noviembre 1976||Las Vegas, USA||Tony TUBBS (USA)||RSC-2||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|3 diciembre 1976||Nueva York, USA||Jimmy CLARK (USA)||W-3||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|29 enero 1977||Las Vegas, USA||Jimmy CLARK (USA)||W-3||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|5 febrero 1977||Milwaukee, USA||Woody CLARK (USA)||KO-2||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|marzo 1977||Frunze, URS||SOFIN (URS)||W-3||+81 kg||Campeonato de la Unión Soviética|
|marzo 1977||Frunze, URS||Pyotr ZAYEV (URS)||L RSCI - Bronce||+81 kg||Campeonato de la Unión Soviética|
|abril 1977||Bucarest, RUM||Angel MILIÁN RIVERO (CUB)||W-3||+81 kg||Torneo Cinturón de Oro|
|abril 1977||Bucarest, RUM||Mircea SIMON (RUM)||L WO - Plata||+81 kg||Torneo Cinturón de Oro|
|julio 1977||Matanzas, CUB||Ángel MILIÁN RIVERO (CUB)||L-3||+81 kg||X Torneo Internacional "Giraldo Córdova Cardín"|
|septiembre 1977||Ostrava, CHE||Dietmar MAYER (RDA)||W-3 (3-2) - Oro||+81 kg||XIII Vaclav Prochazka Memorial|
|10 diciembre 1977||Las Vegas, USA||Greg PAGE (USA)||L-3||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|diciembre 1977||Nueva Orleans, USA||Charles GARRET (USA)||W-3||+81 kg||USA vs. Unión Soviética|
|20 diciembre 1977||Leningrado, URS||Gennadi KOKURIN (URS)||L-3||+81 kg||X Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|3 marzo 1978||Tbilisi, URS||Mikhail SUBBOTIN (URS)||W-3 - Oro||+81 kg||XLII Campeonato de la URSS|
|31 marzo 1978||Alma-Ata, URS||Mitch GREEN (USA)||W-3||+81 kg||Unión Soviética vs. USA|
|mayo 1978||Belgrado, YUG||Dominique NATO (FRA)||L-3 div||+81 kg||Campeonato Mundial de Boxeo Amateur|
|diciembre 1978||Moscú, URS||Khoren INDZHEYAN (URS)||KO||+81 kg||XI Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|diciembre 1978||Moscú, URS||Evgeny GORSTKOV (URS)||WO||+81 kg||XI Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|diciembre 1978||Moscú, URS||Mikhail SUBBOTIN (URS)||W-3 - Oro||+81 kg||XI Campeonato Absoluto de la URSS|
|mayo 1979||La Habana, CUB||Angel MILIÁN RIVERO (CUB)||L-3||+81 kg||XII Torneo Internacional "Giraldo Córdova Cardín"|
|23 julio 1979||Moscú, URS||N KRASNO (URS)||W-3||+81 kg||VII Espartaquiada Nacional de la Unión Soviética|
|28 julio 1979||Moscú, URS||Vladimir KORNILOV (URS)||KO||+81 kg||VII Espartaquiada Nacional de la Unión Soviética|
|31 julio 1979||Moscú, URS||Viktor ULYANICH (URS)||L-3 - Bronce||+81 kg||VII Espartaquiada Nacional de la Unión Soviética|
|1980||URS||Evgeny GORSTKOV (URS)||L-3||+81 kg||-|
|1980||URS||J. SILYAVITZIUS ()||L-3||+81 kg||-|
REGRESO A PÁGINA DE INICIO
Nota: Éste palmarés está muy incompleto y puede ser inexacto.
(Ultima actualización: Oct-08-2007)
Credits: By Paul Stevenson
Special thanks to Janusz Majcher