Petrov on his victory over Papazov, on facing Rudd next

By Ryan Burton

Lightweight contender Petr Petrov (33-4) won his opening bout of the ESPN Friday Night Fights Boxcino tournament this past Friday in Laughlin, Nevada against Fedor Papazov. 

Petrov said that he had to make changes to his training due to the fact that the tournament fights are all six rounds in length. The traditionally slow starter said that he had to make sure that he got off to a faster start in this fight.

"I did what I thought I would do when I trained for the fight.  It was exactly how I visualized it.  I always need a round or two to see what my opponent is doing in the ring and then I adjust.  We had to change our training a little bit so that I could adjust sooner than normal being that the fights are only six rounds long," Petrov explained.

Up next in the finals for the 30-year-old Russian who resides in Spain is American Chris Rudd (13-1).   Rudd defeated Yakubu Amidu in the tournament's other quarterfinal bout.  Rudd is a tall and long fighter who presents an entirely different challenge for Petrov.

"I will have to train completely differently for Rudd. He is a taller fighter and I can't wait to counter punch him.  I have to be the aggressor," Petrov stated.

Petrov has faced the likes of Marcos Maidana in the ring and has a lot more experience than both Papazov and Rudd combined.  He feels that experience is one of the key factors in winning a big fight.

"I think that experience is a big asset in the sport of boxing.  I think that is one of the reasons why I won the fight," Petrov told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cali boxer on 02-24-2014

I think it's going to end up being Petrov and the Mexican who scored the KO to end the show. And that will be a great fight with the winner getting great exposure and a fan base

Comment by SomeJerk on 02-24-2014

I wasn't impressed by Rudd at all. Petrov on the other hand looked good. He should beat Rudd fairly easily.

Comment by hitking on 02-23-2014

[QUOTE=Sweet Pea 50;14264774]Yeah, I think Petrov is just too polished and experienced. Rudd is wide with his shots. Hope Rudd has a good showing. From just the little I saw on the little interview they had, he seemed like a…

Comment by Golovkin on 02-23-2014

Petrov SHOULD destroy Rudd. Rudd is WEAK... so was his opponent. Either wouldn't make it out of the second round.

Comment by Sweet Pea 50 on 02-23-2014

[QUOTE=hitking;14264739]I had no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. As for the semis. I heart is with Rudd. But I'll honestly be surprised if he sees the 2nd round.[/QUOTE] Yeah, I think Petrov is just too polished and experienced. Rudd is…

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