Southern California-based light heavyweight Anatoliy Dudchenko (17-2, 12 KOs) will look to win the vacant NABA U.S. Light heavyweight title this Saturday when he fights Maryland-based African Sabou Ballogou (8-6, 3 Kos). The scheduled for 10 round main event bout will take place at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. Ed Holmes will promote the show. Stakes will be high as both fighters have their eyes set on winning the belt which is a WBA regional title.
Ballougou´s record is very deceiving as his level of competition is very respectable including his last 3 opponents having a combined record of (50-4-2) with 2 of the fighters being undefeated. A fact the Dudchenko is well aware of. “I have seen video of him and he comes to fight. Like all of my opponents I´m not looking past him,” said Dudchenko. T
he man in charge of Dudchenko’s corner is trainer Phil Paolina who owns the New York City Boxing Club in Canoga Park, CA. The Gym hosts a client lists ranging from normal everyday people to famous athletes, actors/actresses, producers, singers, etc…. One of those celebrities is famed R&B singer Brian McKnight who also worked the corner in Dudchenko´s last fight. Though there is a constant star studded element in the Gym the workouts are extremely real world. “During training sessions everybody is treated the same. It’s serious business while training,” said Paolina.
Dudchenko, originally from the Ukraine is on a 14 fight win streak and is ready to have a breakout year in 2013. Fightnews caught up with him as he closed out his final days of training. McKnight also chimed in on the interview.
Your opponent has given a good account of himself for the most part in his fights and especially in his last few. Anything in particular jump out at you to be of concern?
I dont see it as a concern but more of me just sticking to what Phil and I have worked on in training.
Do you think him being southpaw can present any problems for you?
Watching him on video he pretty much comes straight at you. So no I don’t see any problems with him being a southpaw.
Do you think you may be able take advantage if he comes at you in a wreckless way?
If the opportunity presents itself then I definitely will take advantage of it but I´m not just looking for a knockout. If it’s there yes I will take it for sure but I’m also in excellent condition to go the distance as well.
You’re fighting for a major regional title and a win could put your career on the right track. Has this been your motivation throughout your training camp?
I am very happy to be fighting for the NABA U.S. title. I have a job to do in the ring first to earn that title. I expect a tough fight but I´m well prepared and fully expect to be victorious.
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Brian how have you enjoyed working with Anatoliy?
I’m very pleased with how hard Antoily has been training. Phil has done a really good job with him.
How was your experience working the corner in his last fight?
Definitely got my hands dirty (laughing) I mean from rinsing the mouth piece and assisting Phil in the corner that night I learned a lot about boxers. I will say you have to be a little crazy to be boxer (laughing). Overall though it was a good experience and I enjoyed it.
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