Kharitonov Sergey: biography and career
Sergey Kharitonov - professional Russian boxer. He played in boxing and mixed martial arts. Participated in many other tournaments, defeating Orlovsky, Rua, Rizzo and other boxers. In recent years, collaborates with K-1 and acts in fights for kickboxing. In 2016 there was a duel: Sergey Kharitonov vs. Ayala.Russian boxer lost in the first round.
Sergey Kharitonov was born on August 18, 1980 in the Arkhangelsk Region, in the village of Plesetsk. His family was athletic. My mother worked as a volleyball coach, and my father was a former boxer, a football player, and skated. The genes of the parents played an important role in the life of Sergei.
He became interested in sports. Already in elementary school Sergey Kharitonov enrolled in the boxing section. Then he started wrestling and kickboxing. Most of the classes Sergey went to the city of Mirny. Repeatedly won the youth competition and became the champion of Russia.
In 1997, after school, Kharitonov entered the Ryazan Higher Airborne School. He didn’t quit sports during his studies, speaking at various tournaments, including sambo. Sergey graduated from college in 2002
Start of sporting career
During training, for five years in a row, Kharitonov was the captain of the team of military paratroopers in hand-to-hand combat. After graduating from college, he received an offer to join the team of RTT professionals in mixed fights. Such competitions greatly helped Kharitonov in sports growth.
He really wanted to get into the Olympic team in 2000, but was injured in the semifinals. Nevertheless, Sergey Kharitonov was able to win the battle of the Yalta Brilliant MMA. This tournament was the first to be recorded on video.
In the summer of 2005, Kharitonov entered the ring against Brazilian Pedro Rizzo, 4-time Thai boxing champion. On his account there was only one defeat, and this was a serious opponent. Nevertheless, Sergei was able to win. Then several more successful tournaments for Kharitonov followed.
In 2006, he entered the ring against Overeem. Because of his blows, Sergei opened a cut, and he tried to take care of himself, the enemy attacked without stopping and the fight was stopped in the 6th minute.It turned out that at the very beginning of the fight Kharitonov injured his right shoulder and was sent to the hospital for examination.
Sergey Kharitonov was reinstated for six months and then went against Emelianenko. In 2007, Kharitonov had to fight with Avel. But he did not receive a license and was changed to an American, Mike Roussow. At that time it was a little-known fighter. The fight was difficult for both athletes, the winner was Kharitonov. Until 2012, this was the only American defeat.
Since 2007, Kharitonov began to cooperate with the FEG company. He took revenge from Overeem, met him in the ring once more, and then Sergey began to participate in DREAM tournaments. In 2008, Sergey Kharitonov won the battle against Jimmy Ambrits, who replaced the planned Mity Mo.
In the spring of 2009, Driam-8 tournament was held in Japan. Sergey fought against Jeff Monson, an American. He defeated Kharitonov in the very first round with a suffocating move. After the tournament, Sergey said that he didn’t have time to properly prepare, as he learned the name of the opponent only 7 days before the ring. Has prevented Kharitonov from entering into cold and tonus.
After the defeat received, Sergey did not speak in MMA for almost a year and a half.In 2010, he nevertheless accepted an invitation to the New Year's tournament, in which Tatsui Mizuno became his opponent. Sergey Kharitonov started the fight very actively, pushed the Japanese into a corner and showed a magnificent right direct hit. Tatsui tried to break the distance, but Kharitonov finished it off with several blows in the very first round.
In 2010, Sergey signed a contract with Strikeforce promotion. At the end of the year, the president of the company designated the 8 most powerful fighters for fighting with each other. Kharitonov was also elected. In 2011, the G8 heavyweight tournament started at the Grand Prix. Sergey Kharitonov spoke against Andrei Orlovsky.
At first, most observers and bookmakers were on his side. The fight was broadcast on the Russia-2 TV channel. During the first round, Kharitonov responded to the opponent only with single blows and worked in the clinch. Finally, he stepped up and struck a whole series of precise strikes, knocking Orlovsky with his right side. Knocked him with a left hook. Kharitonov began to be called the “dark horse” of the Grand Prix.
After the purchase of Strikeforce by the new owners, Sergey was offered other working conditions that did not suit him.After the account Kharitonov had a lot of victories. He was repeatedly injured.
The last battle
In mixed battles, Sergey Kharitonov became popular long ago. His last fight took place in 2016 against Ayala. Kharitonov was always distinguished by its solidity; he had the unique ability to withstand even the strongest blows, while remaining conscious.
His opponent in major tournaments did not speak and could not boast with great victories. However, in the 16th minute, Sergey Kharitonov was knocked out. He started the fight in an open manner, but immediately came under a very strong right side. This time the Russian fighter could not get up, and was sent to the hospital. A large role was played by a long break, during which Kharitonov recovered from his injury.
But his coaches are convinced that he will soon recover from the injury and re-enter the ring. Kharitonov himself has already drawn conclusions from the last duel and is going to continue his sports career.