Boxing Bites: Stevenson v Jack / Russell v Diaz Jr / Chudinov v Abdugofurov / Rey Vargas move up

RINGSIDE 14/04/2018

World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) will defend  his crown against former super middleweight champion Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada, on May 19.

Stevenson comes from defending his title by knocking out  Andrzej Fonfara in the second round.

For his part, Jack has defeated  Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round.

WBC Featherweight crown contender Joseph Diaz Jr. confirmed on his social networks that he will challenge World Boxing Council champion Gary Russell Jr. on May 19 in Montreal on a card that will be aired on Showtime.

Russell, 29 (28-1, 17 KOs), a native of Capitol Heights, Maryland, has defended his crown a couple of times after dethroning former Mexican champion Jhonny Gonzalez (65-10, 54 KOs), to win the title.

Russell Jr., an Olympian in 2008, comes from defeating Colombian Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs), who held the interim title.

Diaz (26-0, 14 KOs), also a former Olympian from Downey, California, 25 years old, comes from knocking out veteran former Mexican world champion, Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas, in Indio, California.

Former Russian champion Dmitrii Chudinov contests the vacant World Boxing Council’s silver super middleweight title against unbeaten Uzbek Azizbek Abdugofurov (10-0, 4 KO) on May 5 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The older brother of former champion Fedor Chudinov, and currently ranked  27th by the WBC at 168 pounds, he`s aiming to enter the top 15 hit parade, with a victory.

The Russian returned to the winning column on February 24 in Nuremberg, Germany, defeating Siarhei Khamitski, A.K.A. Sergey Komitsky, in eight rounds on the undercard of the Callum Smith World Boxing Super Series semi-final win over Nieky Holzken.

 Holzken was originally scheduled to go into battle against Chudinov but Juergen Braehmer was injured and the Dutch prospect stepped in,  to test his mettle against  Smith.

“I want to thank my Manager Al Siesta for supporting me in this great opportunity to compete for the WBC Silver title. My team and I are in Alicante, Spain, preparing for this important fight,   I have fought all over the world, so nothing phases me.”

World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas is plotting to invade the featherweight division in the non too distant future.

The undefeated lanky Mexican is preparing for the third defence of his 122 pounds crown on May 12 against hard-hitting Armenian Azat “Crazy A” Hovannisyan, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Phase one of Rey`s plans, involving stabilizing the crown status, has already come to pass.  He explains:

“This belt was changing from hand to hand, and first to fist,  now it`s in my power. But… if it `s possible to unify and invade the featherweight division, I will do so,  because I want new challenges. However, before that, I have to win this complicated and tough bout.”

The champ from Otumba, State of Mexico, holds a record of 31-0, 22 KO’s, while the Armenian will reach the bout with a pro record of 14-2 and 11 KO’s.

“With the spirit and ambition of convincing the US  public, who`ve received me well, liking my style, as I`ve read some good reviews,  I`ll continue working to achieve the objectives we have in mind,”  says Rey.