By Alexey Sukachev
German Titov, 2007 and 2008 Russian promoter of the year and the head of German Titov Promotions, confirmed to this reporter that the previously announced October Moscow card will be now heading to the largest Ural city of Ekaterinburg. “We decided to relocate the show from the capital city to Ekaterinburg for a number of reasons. Yet, the fight card, which is scheduled for October 24, is set and done. We are planning a major show for our dearest fans”, revealed Titov and added that this show won’t be his last big promotion this year.
Headlining the show is Russian lightweight trickster and WBO #15 Dmitry Ganiev (10-0-1, 4 KOs), who is making a considerable step up in the level of opposition. Ganiev, who has fought recently in Moscow, will put his WBO Asia Pacific and PABA titles at stake against former world title challenger Fahsan 3K Battery(59-9-2, 35 KOs). The Thai fighter, who was stopped just once in his career to no one else than the current P4P #1 Manny Pacquiao in December 2004, was previously supposed to face another Titov fighter Gayrat Abdulkhakimov at 130lb limit but, when that fight had fallen through, agreed to move even higher up in weight to take on previously unbeaten Ganiev.
The undercard of the main event will see a crop of talented fighters in tune-ups. Local crowd-pleaser Ruslan Provodnikov (12-0, 7 KOs) will make his much anticipated return against Uzbek trialhorse Mahsud Jumaev (2-6-1). Provodnikov, 25, last fought in February, then taking a long time off to successfully graduate from the university. He is pre-planned for a much bigger fight later this year. Another fighter to warm himself up will be WBA #10 heavyweight Denis Bakhtov (30-5, 19 KOs).
Probably the biggest attraction for the fans will be reserved for a four-rounder; it’s where Felix Diaz (2-0, 2 KOs), 2008 Beijing gold medalist for Dominican Republic, will make his much awaited Russian debut against local journeyman Vyacheslav Yakovenko (7-6-1, 3 KOs). Diaz is competing under German Titov Promotions.
Supporting the show will be 2008 Beijing super heavyweight bronze medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-0) from Ukraine, Russian/Greek lightweight Fedor (Theodoros) Papazov (1-0, 1 KO) and welterweight Dmitry Mikhailenko (1-0) in separate bouts against relatively tough opposition.
The show will be held at Sverdlovsk film studio. The opening bell is at 7 PM LT (GMT+6). More info can be got via the following phone number: +7 343 388 24 28.