By Alexey Sukachev
The card is mostly set for a big night of boxing in Ekaterinburg, Russia, which is about to take place on July 10 at the DIVS arena under promotion of German Titov from the RCC Boxing Promotions and his partners from World of Boxing.
As was previously reported, WBA 'super' cruiserweight title holder Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) will risk his title against WBA #8 Australian Mark Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs).
Lebedev, 37, was previously holding the IBF title as well but lost it last December against fellow compatriot Murat Gassiev on a split decision. Lebedev’s WBA belt wasn’t at stake thus helping him to retain his position as the WBA champion.
Flanagan, 27, started his career in a so-so fashion, going 6-3 in his first nine fights. However, he is 16-1 after that and has won his last eleven. He has never fought outside his native land.
In what will be advertised as another notable fight, WBO #9 and WBC #15 Dmitry Mikhaylenko (22-1, 10 KOs) will continue his comeback after a loss to Charles Manyuchi a year ago. His opponent is still to be defined, while the bout is preliminarily set for twelve.
In what can only be bannered as a Russia vs. Japan undercard. Several bouts on the undercard will pit fighters from both countries against each other.
Lightweight Pavel Malikov (11-0, 5 KOs) will risk his undefeated record against Daiki Kaneko (26-5-3, 18 KOs), who is best known for his unsuccessful world title challenge back in 2013, when he lost to long-time WBA super featherweight champion Takeshi Uchiyama on a wide decision, despite dropping the champion once.
Featherweight Mark Urvanov (10-1, 6 KOs) will put his WBO Asia Pacific Youth title at risk against Jin Miura (9-1, 1 KO), while Russia-based Tajik Mukhammadkhodja Yakubov (7-0, 4 KOs) will risk his WBO Youth title versus Daiki Ichikawa (9-2, 7 KOs). Both fights are set for eight. Finally, Zaur Abdullaev (4-0, 3 KOs) will be pitted against Mao Kawanishi (4-2, 1 KO) in a four-rounder.