According to various sources, Mexico City holds the record for most fans watching a boxing match. Reportedly 136,274 boxing aficionados showed up in 1993 to see Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen in the famous Azteca Stadium, but this number was apparently eclipsed last Saturday in the Russian city of Volgograd. According to well-known Russian manager and promoter Vladimir Hrunov, more than 200,000 people turned out to see a WBA International title fight between 26-year-old middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (10-0, 7 KO) and Jorge Navarro (12-2, 10 KO). Chudinov, in a dominant performance, won by second round KO, but the huge crowd and special circumstances of the night in Volgograd were the story.
This huge boxing event, organized by Hrunov and very popular leader of the “Night Wolves” bike club Alexander “Surgeon” Zaldostanov, was a part of a special “Day of Memory and Grief,” commemorating the 70th anniversary of the “Battle of Stalingrad” one of the bloodiest and crucial battles of the Second World War. The city’s name was changed to Volgograd in 1961.
“This was one of the biggest battles in history and we wanted to do something special with my friend ‘Surgeon,’” said Hrunov. “Chudinov’s WBA International fight was a part of a big open air bike show and it was his fourth fight this year. But I know what he can do. I know how talented he is. We have big plans for Dmitry, and have already contacted #1 IBF ranked Sam Soliman and #1 WBA ranked Martin Murray. Yes, Chudinov is that good.”
On the undercard, middleweight Fedor Chudinov (7-0, 6 KOs), Dmitry’s brother, won by TKO in the third round against Karama Nyilawila (15-10, 8 KO), Swetlana Kulakova (8-0, 1 KO) won a WBA interim belt by beating Judy Waguthii (12-6, 3 KOs) over ten rounds and another Russian middleweight Arif Magomedov (6-0, 4 KOs) unanimously beat Karen Avetisyan (7-6, 3 KOs).