Russian Boxers on the Rise and Current World Boxing Champions
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Russian Boxers on the Rise and Current World Boxing Champions
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Jan 15, 2015)

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Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 26-0 (23), holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF world light heavyweight titles and is a perfect example of a successful Russian boxer today. He is from Kopeysk, Russia and now living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is scheduled March 14th to defend his title in Montreal, Canada.

Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin, 28-1 (20), was the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist and is the former WBA heavyweight champion and current WBC Silver heavyweight champion. He is from Kursk and now lives in Chekhov, Russia.

Southpaw Denis Lebedev, 26-2 (20), is the WBA cruiserweight champion. He is from Chekhov, Russia. He will make his first title defense March 21st in Moscow. He has fought in the UK and Germany.

Ruslan Provodnikov, 24-3 (17), is the former WBO super lightweight champion who lost his title in 2014 but in his next fight defeated the former WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo. He is currently the No. 5 WBC contender. He is from Beryozovo, Russia.

Konstantin “Talant” Ponomarev, 26-0 (13), won the vacant WBC Youth world title back in 2013. He is from Miass, Russia, but currently being trained by Jesse Reid, Sr. and Jesse Jr. in Burbank, CA. He is scheduled to fight January 24th in Bloomfield, CO.

Eduard “The Eagle” Troyanovsky, 20-0 (17), is the WBA Intercontinental super lightweight champion. He is from Omsk and now living in Bryansk, Russia. His first 9 fights were in Germany.

Petr “Zar” Petrov, 35-4-2 (17), is the NABA lightweight champion, and ranked No. 2 by the WBA and No. 7 by the WBC. He recently won the ESPN Boxcino tournament. He is from Ryazan, Russia and now lives in Madrid, Spain. He is scheduled this Friday to fight on ESPN2. His last 3 fights were in the US.

Arif Magomedov, 13-0 (8), is the WBO Youth middleweight, WBO Asia Pacific and WBA Inter-Continental champion. He is ranked No. 4 by the WBA and No. 7 by the WBO. He is from Krzlyar now living in Chekhov, Russia.

Artur Beterbiev, 7-0 (7), is a two-time Olympian and a 2009 World amateur champion. He is the NABA, WBO NABO and IBF North American light heavyweight champion. All his fights were in Canada. He is from Khasavyurt, Russia and now living in Montreal.

Southpaw Egor Mekhontsev, 7-0 (6), was the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and 2009 World Amateur champion. He is from Ashet, Russia. Only in his debut did he have an opponent with a losing record. He’s had 4 bouts in the US, 2 in China and his most recent one in Moscow.

Fedor “Knockout Man” Papazov, 16-1 (10), is the WBC Baltic lightweight champion who is from Tuapse, Russia. Of his 17 fights he had 4 in the US.

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