By Vadim Pushkin
According to promoter Andrey Ryabinsky of World of Boxing, IBO/IBF junior welterweight champion Eduard 'Troya' Troyanovsky will make a voluntay defense of his titles on a date in December in Oryol, Russia.
Last month in Moscow, Troyanovsky traded punches with another big hitter, mandatory challenger Keita Obara of Japan.
Troyanovsky was rocked in the first round, but overcame that alarming moment to come back strong in the second. He actually scored a vicious combination of punches to knock Obara out of the ring. The Japanese challenger was able to get back inside within the count of 20, but saw himself get battered until the referee jumped in to wave off the contest. Troyanovsky improved his record to 25-0, 22 KOs. He also extended his kayo steak to fifteen with this win. Obara dropped down to 16-2-1, with 15 KOs.
In a recent interview, Troyanovsky said he felt ready for the big fights and the two boxers on his list are the other division leaders, WBC/WBO champion Terence Crawford and WBA champion Ricky Burns, who recently retained his world title with a tough decision win over mandatory challenger Kirill Relikh.
He feels believes Burns will be the easier opponent to secure and doubts Crawford will accept the fight.
"I believe Crawford for I'm hardly an interesting contender, despite my titles. He is more interested in meeting with boxers like Manny Pacquiao or someone else," Troyanovsky said.
"As for Ricky Burns, in my opinion this fight is more realistic. He recently became a champion, and I remember that he's always been high in the rankings. And I will say frankly that, in my opinion, he is better suited for me. A lot of fans wrote that Crawford is on another level, and I partially agree with that. Yes, we are at different levels, because I recently became the champion - while both he and Adrien Broner have found themselves in leading positions for a long time and look at who they've boxed - but I'm ready to try my hand. If only I get the opportunity. Whatever the result, I'll know that I tried and did everything in my power. And I'm not sitting on the ground, I'm not hiding, I'm doing my job.