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Although it seems like a life time ago Rocky 4 was almost a foretelling of what was to come in the boxing world. Prior to Ivan Drago, Rocky's rival in the movie, there was little really to make people think about Russian boxers taking over the boxing world.

Whilst the movie was fictional, it hasn't stopped the Russians (and Eastern Europeans in general) from making a mark on the boxing with a number of top fighters coming from Russia. One such fighter is Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8) who has genuinely started to make his name in recent years.

Aged 30 Grachev first came to prominence in kick boxing where he compiled and excellent record and claimed various world titles. Since then however Grachev has turned his hand to both MMA and boxing.

It's as a boxer than Grachev has achieved major international fame thanks to televised fights from the US, Canada and Monaco which has seen him beating Zsolt Erdei and Ismayl Sillakh whilst suffering a controversial loss to former world champion Lucien Bute.

Despite his achievement in the ring, Grachev is probably getting more recognition for his new nickname, "Drago's Son" a name clearly taken from the aforementioned Rocky 4 character.