Originally Posted by Ivo
I thought that Ivaylo Gotzev worked with US based fighters only, ogii3. Besides, Wilfred Sauerland is not only a promoter but also a manager. He did not want to manage Pulev?
Gotzev likes to work with some fighters from former Soviet Union. His first big sign was Vasily Jirov back in 96, he worked also with Steve Johnston during this time and Li'l but bad was the first world champ of Gotzev's stable.
Gotzev sign a managerial deal around mid 2008 with Oleg Platov. During this time Platov still had some months with his contract with Sauerland. Maybe the last mach of Oleg under managerial contract with Sauerland was on the undercard of Valuev-Holy in December 2008 in Zurich. After that i think his contract was over and he fought just once in Germani in the middle of 2009. Some injuries cost a lot to Platov and this is the reason that he didn;t went to USA, where Gotzev is based.
Right now Ivailo Gotzev moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, where he build entierly new gym. One of his coaches is Hasim Rahman's brother - Ibn. Among some of his fighters are Ismail Syllah, who made great impact in his last fight stopping impressivly Daniel Judah and challenging Bernard Hopkins right after.
His old guys Sam Peter and Vasily Jirov also are with him. Gotzev sign a contract with Shannon Briggs. I am not sure if Liakhovich's contract is still valid, but i think their cooperation is over.
About working only with USA bassed fighters, Gotzev as all the others boxing managers are always seraching for a class. One of his laters signs are great Kazah fighter and former amateur star Genady Golovkin, who developed himself under Universum as a pro fighter. I saw Golovkin month ago in Las Vegas and right now he is based there.
Considering Pulev, there were talks sinse last few years. Gotzev was in Milano for world championships to deal with Kubrat, but as all we know the Bulgarian choose another direction.
About Orlov's fight, the Russian is very tough to fight with. Knows to use his size very well. Pulev was far away from his best, but it's not easy to adjust every week your game plan to a different fighter with so much changes of the plan. The best think IMO from Orlov's fight is the first bloud that Pulev dropped in pro ranks. The cut is part of the game.