By Andrey Krikunov
Former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik is ready to consider the recent fight offer from WBC/IBF 140-pound titleholder Devon Alexander. Though Kotelnik decided to move up a division to welterweight, the opportunity to fight for two belts at once can make him change his mind.
“Actually I didn’t plan to fight in light welterweight anymore”, - told the Ukrainian to Gazeta.ua. – “But you don’t get offers to fight for two belts at once every day. That’s why I will seriously think over this variant. Everything depends on the conditions and prospective of this bout. To face such opponent as Alexander I must have at least one tune-up fight, because I haven’t stepped into the ring for a long time”.
According to Kotelnik, he could be ready to fight on August 7 and also could possibly take part in HBO light welterweight tournament. “Though every time it’s harder and harder to make weight”, - confessed Andriy. – “I can give a definite answer about HBO tournament only after my next ratings fight”.
Kotelnik plans to arrive in the USA in 2-3 weeks. “As soon as I get all the papers ready, I’ll fly to the USA”, - he told. – “Don King, Gary Show and other promoters are waiting for me there. They are interested in working with me, so I’m 70 percent sure that my next bout will take place in the USA."