It was the first small step-up for Ukrainian Heavyweight Victor Faust when he faced the experienced Gabriel Enguema last Sunday. It was only the third fight in Faust‘s professional career after spending over a decade in the amateur ranks. He joined EC Boxing in Hamburg a few months before the pandemic shut down the entire world including the sport of boxing. Therefore Faust was only able to fight twice in a span of roughly 6 months.
So it came to no surprise that the 28-year old giant was eager to show the world his ability last Sunday in Dnipro, where he took on Enguema. The big man from Spain made a name for himself in the past as a tough opponent for up-and-coming prospects. And in the first round of their fight Enguema proved that by landing a hard right hand on Faust. The former amateur-standout took the punch well though and came back with his own offense. Right at the end of the third round, he landed a perfect straight right to knock Enguema out.
This was only the first glance at what is about to come. The 6‘6‘‘ tall Faust has all the tools to make a big statement in the Heavyweight division. His promoter Erol Ceylan is confident that his client will reach the top: „Victor’s size and power is impressive. Soon everyone will also see how skillful he is. He’s the complete package and will compete in massive fights sooner rather than later.“
On the undercard of the event in Ukraine two other EC Boxing athletes made their successful return to the ring. Fellow Heavyweight Ali Eren Demirezen beat tough Pole Kamil Sokolowksi by decision over six rounds, while Volkan Gökcek, who competes at Super-Lightweight, stopped Ruslan Belinskyi in the sixth round after landing several knockdowns in the process.
Victor Faust (Viktor Vykhryst) – Erol Ceylan’s new Heavyweight hope
Victor Faust is definitely a name to remember. The former amateur-standout has left his days in the unpaid ranks behind to pursue greatness in the professional boxing game. To accomplish his dreams he signed a long-term deal with German promotion EC Boxing in Hamburg, Germany. Erol Ceylan, the boss of ECB, is setting ambitious goals for his new client: „I’m 100 % sure that Victor has the ability to not only climb the ranks but become the heavyweight champion of the world. Size, skills, mentality – he’s got it all. We are very much looking forward to his progression in the future.“
Just like the Klitschko brothers Faust stems from that world-class amateur-program in the Ukraine, that has produced several outstanding fighters over the years, including Vasily Lomachenko, Oleksandr Usyk and Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The imposing 6’6’’, 232 pound giant won two european championships as well as four national titles, competed in AIBA’s World Series of Boxing and represented Germany’s supreme boxing team Traktor Schwerin. His solid basic fundamentals, astonishing physique and international accomplishments made Faust the perfect new signing for EC Boxing.
With the help of Peter Hanraths, who was one of the main figures leading Universum Boxpromotion to huge success in the 90’s and 2000’s, shaping the careers of fighters such as Dariusz Michalczewski, Felix Sturm or the Klitschko brothers, Ceylan was able to convince Faust to join the team. In late February the 28-year old made his professional debut, stopping the tough Belarus fighter Andrei Mazanik in less than a minute. As soon as the Corona-Crisis is over, Faust will come over to train at the EC Boxing Gym in Hamburg with coach Bülent Baser at his side. „It feels good to have such a great team surrounding me, so I can fully focus on the many tasks ahead. My goal is to become heavyweight champion of the world,“ Faust states with confidence.
Faust Back In Action
On September 20th Dnipro, Ukraine will be the host of an exciting boxing show. Three aspiring athletes from German promotion EC Boxing will be a part of this event. Ukrainian heavyweight Victor Faust is taking center stage, fighting in front of his home crowd. He’ll be joined by fellow big man Ali Eren Demirezen and young 140 pound sensation Volkan Gökcek, who are all willing to take the next step in their careers.
Faust will be challenging Gabriel Enguema from Spain, who just like him is over 6’5’’ tall and has shown a sturdy chin in the past. This fight is a step up for Faust after two rather easy wins to start off his professional career. The 28-year old held his training camp in Istanbul, where he worked alongside teammates Demirezen and Gökcek. Therefore Faust will be prepared for what’s to come.
Demirezen, who sparred Faust for this fight, has already reached for the stars when he took on Nigerian Efe Ajagba in summer of 2019. Despite falling short on the scorecards, Demirezen is showing ambition to climb to the top of the heavyweight division. In Dnipro he will take on dangerous Kamil Sokolowski from Poland. Demirezen knows that he might be only one win away from getting another shot at a top contender, since Promoter Erol Ceylan from EC Boxing is known for arranging big fights for his clients.
Also returning to the ring that night is up and coming super-lightweight Volkan Gökcek. The technically sound fighter from Istanbul will fight unbeaten Ukrainian Ruslan Belinskyi „These are all decent tests for our fighters. We are looking to keep them active and lead them to the top. In due time they will all challenge for big titles“, Erol Ceylan states.