By Alexey Sukachev

WBA #2, IBF #5 and WBC #7 super middleweight Fedor Chudinov (18-2, 12 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since last bout – a highly controversial split decision over Frenchman Nadjib Mokhammedi in July 2018 – on December 14 in Krasnodar, Russia. Chudinov will defend his WBA International 168lb title against yet unknown opponent.

“I don’t know my future opponent but I’m ready for everyone. I have already started preparations at the Boxing Progress Centre in Moscow. I will stay here, then with two weeks left before a fight I’ll relocate to Krasnodar. I see no reason for making my camp abroad as I’ll need to double acclimatization in this case. If I’m to fight abroad, then it’ll be a different story”, commented Chudinov.

The main event of the evening will see a highly anticipated clash between two battle-tested performers. Light welterweights Fedor Papazov (21-2, 12 KOs) and Aik Shaknazaryan (22-2, 11 KOs) will collide in a scheduled twelve-rounder for an unknown assortment of various belts.

Papazov, 33, has some solid wins in his past, including a close unanimous decision over 10-0 Isa Chaniev the last May.

Chaniev is expected to fight for the IBF lightweight title in future. Shakhnazaryan, 25, also had solid wins in his past, including a stoppage of 26-2 Alisher Rakhimov in 2014 and recent decision over 51-29-1 American veteran journeyman and forerm world champion DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley.

Andrey Andreev of the “School of Champions” will promote the event.