Advertisement
Advertisement

Duva: Dudchenko-Mohammedi Winner In Line For Shot

By Jake Donovan

While Adonis Stevenson and Bernard Hopkins plan for a discussed light heavyweight unification match this fall, Main Events is doing its part to ensure that at least one of its fighters remains in their sights.

A June 21 showdown between Anatoliy Dudchenko and Nadjib Mohammedi headlines the next installment of NBC Sports Network Fight Night series, but the matchup alone isn’t what has promoter Kathy Duva feeling giddy. The bout comes with the prize of the winner earning a mandatory title shot at Hopkins.

“We have a very significant fight here,” Duva insists of the scheduled 12-round title eliminator. “The winner will be the #1 contender in the IBF in a very hot light heavyweight division.”

Whether or not the winner gets next crack at the title depends on several factors.

Stevenson inked a deal with adviser Al Haymon, which led to his fleeing to American cable giant Showtime and with the intention of securing a historic showdown with Hopkins sometime later this year. Hopkins did his part, scoring a landslide decision over Beibut Shumenov in their April 19 light heavyweight alphabet unification bout.

While Hopkins was favored to beat Shumenov, the bout figured to be somewhat more competitive than the perceived showcase of Stevenson’s voluntary defense versus Andrzej Fonfara. Their May 24 clash was anything but a walk in the park. Stevenson scored two early knockdowns, but reportedly injured his hand in round two, and fell apart over the second half of the contest. Fonfara rallied hard, even flooring the lineal light heavyweight champ in round nine, but ultimately came up short.

Still, Stevenson’s stock hardly rose with the win. He remains champion, which is enough to proceed with plans for a unification bout with Hopkins, who will most likely gain an exception from the International Boxing Federation (IBF), who has ordered the June 21 eliminator between Dudchenko and Mohammedi.

Both fighters pale in comparison to Stevenson when it comes to notoriety, but have been on a roll and can change public perception depending on the outcome of their head-on collision.

Mohammedi (34-3, 20KO) carries a 10-fight win streak into next month’s eliminator, which marks his first fight in the United States. The 29-year old French boxer is six years younger than Dudchenko (19-2, 13KO) though lacking the big fight experience and success away from home that the 35-year old Ukrainian has enjoyed amidst a 16-fight win streak dating back to 2008.

There exists the possibility that the winner would have to wait at least one more fight before securing a title shot, but even that comes with major upside.

“While there seems to be the potential for Bernard Hopkins to face Adonis Stevenson, if for some reason that fight doesn't happen, the winner will – by order of the IBF - face Hopkins next,” Duva indicates. “If (a Stevenson-Hopkins unification bout) does happen, the winner will be ordered to face the winner of that fight. The bottom line is that the winner is going to get a shot at a very big fight.”
 
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Barthelemy: I Want To Fight The Likes of Crawford and Broner Dela Torre Injures Right Hand, Admits Improvement is Needed Photos: Orlando Salido Closes Camp For Francisco Vargas War Mosley-Avanesyan: Winner To Receive WBA Title Shot? Parker's Promoter Vows: We'll KO Joshua, Haye, Chisora, Fury! Kauffman Rips Wilder: Took The Easy Way Out, I Beat Arreola's Ass! Jarrell Miller Demolishes Nick Guivas, Dela Torre Struggles in Win Photos: Shane Mosley, David Avanesyan - Face To Face at Weighin Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Official Weighin Photos: Rances Barthelemy Putting in Work For Mickey Bey Defense Chavez Jr. Says Training Pact With Freddie Roach is Stronger Now Donnie Nietes Very Happy With Casimero's World Title Victory Photos/Weights: Miguel Vazquez vs. Erick Bone, More Avanesyan's Coach: Mosley Has Declined, We'll Take Advantage Hearn: I Told Loeffler, Eubank Will Sign For Golovkin Right Now Teddy Atlas: McGregor Needs 5 Years of Training For Mayweather Povetkin's Promoter: WBC's Investigation Will Take a Few Months Casimero: I Can Drop Chocolatito Just Like I Dropped Ruenroeng! Video: Shane Mosley vs. Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz - Sparring Eddie Hearn Believes Ricky Burns is Still The Same Fighter Whyte Says Chisora Punked Out, Backed Down From Challenge WBC Prez Applauds Pacquiao For Turning Back on Olympic Offer Haye vs. Gjergjaj Peaked at 2.5 Million Viewers For Channel Dave Hearn: Everton Event Will Be Great For Community WBO Purse Bid Ordered for Glowacki vs. Usyk Jarrell Miller Rips Joshua, Fury, Luis Ortiz, Parker, Andy Ruiz Too Joel Diaz: Bradley Had No Game Plan, Looked Lost and Confused Eubank Jr: Golovkin is Slow, Easy To Hit - His Power Can't Beat Me! Makabu Confident: Tony Bellew Has NOTHING Special For Me Frank Warren Slams David Haye's Recent Win, Briggs Fight Micki Nielsen Vows To Win Entire 'Super 4' Tournament Fury's Coach: Parker is a Very Serious Test For Anthony Joshua Steven Lewis Aims To Make Statement on Echo Arena Card Radmir Akhmediyev, Pablo Cruz Get Big Wins in Houston Povetkin Not Backing Down: We'll Do Everything To Get Wilder! Anthony Ogogo - Sauerland, De La Hoya Expect Big Things Tyrone Nurse Says Willie Limond Will Never Make it To Ricky Burns Arum Praises Pacquiao For Rejecting Offer To Fight in Olympics Roach Backs Canelo: Golovkin The Best, But Brings NO Money! Donnie Nietes, Raul Garcia Make Weight - Melindo is Way Over
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement