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Usarov-Fedorov for WBO Europe

By Alexey Sukachev

On Oct. 2 Moscow-based Tajik fighter Sahib Usarov (12-0, 6 KOs) will step into the squared circle at “Montreal” club, Moscow, to fight for the first international title in his pro career. Usarov, 25, an aggressive little (5’4’’) southpaw, who has been holding the Russian bantamweight title since May 2008, will take on Alexander Fedorov (19-6-1, 12 KOs) in a bid for a vacant WBO European belt in the very same weight class. Usarov has a huge amateur pedigree, including being a quarterfinalist of the 2003 Bangkok world championship for his native Tajikistan. Fedorov is best known for his losses to former WBA champion Johnny Bredahl and world-ranked contenders Mbwana Matumla and Yohnny Perez. He had one common opponent with Usarov in Zhanat Zhakiyanov. Fedorov lost an eight-round unanimous decision to the Kazakh fighter this April, while Usarov won an eight-round decision over Zhakiyanov last October.

Taking his part in the undercard will be undefeated Russian heavyweight Alexey Soloviev (15-0, 10 KOs) in a non-title affair. His opponent will be defined later. The whole show will be promoted by Maha Shermat. “Montreal” Club is located in All-Russian Exhibition Centre near VDNKH metro station. Tickets can be ordered via the following phone number: 8-499-760-38-16.

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