The bill for the “Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four” final, a partnership between South Africa’s Golden Gloves and the Monte-Carlo SBM Group, was announced in Monaco this morning. The tournament takes place at the glittering Salle des Etoiles on the Monte Carlo beachfront on July 13. Highly-rated Edwin Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs) of the US and Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KOs) of Russia will meet in the “Super Four” final for a US $1-million purse, to be split 60/40.
Co-headlining this international event will be a world championship fight between WBA and IBO light-welterweight holder Khalid Allakhverdiev (18-0, 8 KOs) and former champion Suleymane M’Baye (40-4-1, 22 KOs).
On the undercard, highly-rated European middleweight champion Max Bursak (26-1-1, 12 KOs) will defend his crown against the UK’s Prince Arron (23-4-1, 5 KOs), while big punchers Ilunga “Junior” Makabu (13-1, 13 KOs) and undefeated Dmytro Kucher (21-0, 15 KOs) will fight for Kucher’s WBC International cruiserweight belt.
“The opportunity of staging this mammoth event in Monaco is a great honour, and my deepest thanks and appreciation go to Monte-Carlo SBM and its management team for their support and encouragement,” said Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves.
“The Super Four final speaks for itself, with both fighters in the mix for world title honours. It pits two fighters with very different styles, but similar ambitions.
“I’m also excited with the championship fight between Allakhverdiev and Mbaye: the veteran against the young lion. The rest of the card features tremendous talent and I’m looking forward to the second leg of this great event, particularly after the success of the first, in March.”