Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Rabchenko Impresses Monaco Royalty, Eyes July Return

By Jake Donovan

Sergey Rabchenko drew the attention of Monaco royalty with his ring performance in Monte Carlo on Saturday evening. Now the unbeaten super welterweight is on the hunt for boxing royalty.

A 2nd round knockout of Adriano Nicchi on Saturday’s card – which aired live via pay-per-view in the United States – backed up pre-fight claims from promoter Ricky Hatton that his fighter is destined for stardom. Rabchenko knew the standards he needed to live up to and in a fight personally viewed from ringside by one of the wealthiest leaders in the world - yet still managed to exceed. 

"Sergey didn’t give any chance to Nicchi and knocked him out cold in the second,” noted Philppe Fondu, Rabchenko’s manager. “It certainly impressed Prince Albert II (the royal leader of Monaco) and I know many more will be thrilled when they see his power and accuracy."

Rabchenko (23-0, 17KO) was there to be hit in the 1st round of his regional title fight, but took over in a big way in round two. Switching back and forth between conventional and southpaw helped create openings, against which Nicchi found himself under siege. A volley of unanswered punches was punctuated by an overhand left that put the Italian down and out.

The win is the latest in a string of impressive achievements for Rabchenko, who reached breakout status after his 7th round knockout of Ryan Rhodes last June. 

"I am absolutely convinced that under Ricky’s guidance, Sergey Rabchenko is on his way to fame and glory," Fondu said.

The next step in his career could land him back in Monte Carlo, on a July 13 card that features a million dollar catchweight bout between Edwin Rodriguez and Denis Grachev, both of whom scored decision wins on Saturday’s show. Rabchenko is next slated to face Emmanuelle Della Rosa, with both contenders on the pursuit of unbeaten super welterweight titlist Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Time will tell if Alvarez is still champion by then, as he faces a dangerous assignment in fellow beltholder Austin Trout later this month. Rabchenko’s handlers would just like assurances of bigger things to come in the aftermath of their fighter’s next ring appearance.

"Della Rosa has an excellent record of 31-1 and is currently rated number three by the WBC," states Fondu. "As Sergey is himself rated at number two, this contest should be for an eliminator the WBC world title."

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by onechance87 on 04-02-2013

canelo would destroy him

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 04-02-2013

Shame. I wanted to see him fight Lara. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Cleverly Expects Mayweather To Stop McGregor Inside of Six Retirement Crosses Canelo's Mind, But Not Ready to Walk Away McGregor Motivated By Dismissive Boxing Fans, Vows to 'Educate' Samuel Vargas Edges Ali Funeka Over Ten Rounds Mayweather-McGregor: Camps Warned To Avoid Confrontations Photos: Payano vs. Santiago, Herring vs. Miller - Official Weights IBF Abolishes Second Weigh-in For Unification Bouts Arum Discusses Crawford's Future, Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner Joshua: Mayweather Will Beat McGregor in Landslide, Can't Compete Marcos Hernandez Camp Notes For Kevin Newman Bout Arum Gives Latest on Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux Fight Jeff Horn: I Can Beat Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor! Haye Feels Mayweather Has Zero Fear of McGregor Landing Shots Anthony Joshua: I’d Try MMA, But I Would Probably Get Beaten Saunders: I'd Jump at Chance To Face Daniel Jacobs in December! Carl Frampton Makes it Official: Leaves Barry McGuigan, Cyclone McGregor: No Fan of Canelo, Golovkin - I Want Lomachenko-Rigo Chris Algieri: McGregor Loses, Took Me 10-15 Fights To Transition McGregor: Horn Mauled Pacquiao - That Was No Robbery Daily Bread Mailbag: Crawford-Spence, Fantasy Matches, More DeGale: Mayweather-McGregor a Mismatch, But a Great Event Damon Jones vs. James Metcalf, British Eliminator Set, 10/21 Usyk vs. Huck: Otto Wallin vs. Timur Stark Added To The Card Euro News: Braehmer-Brant, Pawel Stepien, Pierre Madsen, More Andre Ward: We Could See Mayweather Win With BIG Knockout Pacquiao-Horn Funding Issue Resolved: Manny Plans To Fight Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Close For December 9 on ESPN Golovkin-Canelo and The Right Amount of 'Marinate' Andre Ward Warns Tony Bellew: This Ain't a Movie, This is Real! Cyborg Backs Mayweather To Win, Would Love To Enter Boxing Lennox Lewis: Mayweather Should Not Be 50-0, Fight is a Farce! McGregor: I'm Ready To Change The Face of The Fight Game Berto: If McGregor Beats Mayweather - It's a Big Blow To Boxing McGregor: Mayweather Would Need To Reincarnate Bruce Lee! Pacquiao-Horn: Funding Pulled Until Manny Commits To Rematch Andre Ward: Facing Anthony Joshua is NOT Off The Table! Video: Dillian Whyte Ready For Deontay Wilder, Discusses Future Andre Ward on Top Rank Rumors, Says HBO Contract is Up Yomar Alamo Blasts Zsigmond Vaas in One For WBC Youth Belt Sean Dodd Stops Antonio Horvatic In Tom Stalker Warm-Up
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement