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Pirog-Melis on April 27

Hits Kotlobay-Maccarinelli undercard

By Alexey Sukachev

Highly regarded (WBO #2, IBF #10 and WBA #14) Russian middleweight Dmitry Pirog will make his next ring appearance on April 27 in St. Petersburg as a part of a huge tournament, which will be arranged by local Jab Promotion (president Vitaly Supichenko). Accroding to Allboxing.ru, Pirog (15-0, 12 KOs), who is himself promoted by Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov Promotions, is set to fight Estonian Sergey Melis (15-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten-rounder. This contest will crown a decorated undercard of the cross-roader between Alexander Kotlobay (18-1-1, 12 KOs) and Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) for a vacant European cruiserweight title.

Pirog, 29, is coming of several impressive wins including a virtual shutout over Ghanaian Kofi Jantuah and a recent stoppage of Eric Mitchell, which was remarkably the first one in American’s career. Though fully focused on the upcoming fight, Pirog is also thinking about sounder challenges in the nearest future. “If successful against Melis, I’ll make a trip overseas to introduce myself to the American audience,” said the Russian. Negotiations are under way to bring Pirog to American TV, particularly as a part of weekly ESPN Friday Night Fights, somewhere in late May. No opponent, date or venue is specified right now.




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