By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev
Rakhim Chakhkiev (21-1, 16 KOs), the reigning European champion, is just a week away from his domestic tune-up fight against experienced but faded former perennial contender Valery Brudov (42-5, 28 KOs), the fight being one of the undercard attractions of a bout between Denis Lebedev and Youri Kalenga, set for April 10 in Moscow, Russia.
However, a true opponent for WBC #1, IBF #5, WBO #7, WBA #11, and most importantly TBRB #10 rated cruiserweight, has been reportedly defined in dangerously punching Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher (22-1, 16 KOs).
According to Ukrainian sources, WBC #9 Kucher will contest both the EBU and the WBC Silvers championships on May 30 in the UK under the co-promotion of Eddie Hearn and "World of Boxing". Kucher, 30, is Chakhkiev's mandatory for both belts.
The fight has yet to be officially announced (for a reason), and no venue was announced but it will most probably be a part of the proposed quadruple-header, which will land in London, and co-headlined by the WBC lightweight title clash betweem Jorge Linares and Kevin Mitchell, IBF featherweight collision between Evgueny Gradovich and Lee Selby and a step-up bout for UK's top heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua, who is penciled in to fight Kevin Johnson.
Kucher, who's only loss came to kayo artist Ilunga Makabu (via majority decision), returned last year with the stoppage win over Galen Brown. Chakhkiev, 32, was much more active racking up four wins in 2014.