Fedor Chudinov Looks to Repeat History vs Felix Sturm. Eyes Arthur Abraham, Badou Jack, & James DeGale Next

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Super-middleweight warlords Fedor Chudinov and Felix Sturm collide again in their highly-anticipated rematch at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, exclusively live on BoxNation tomorrow night (Saturday 20th February) from 7pm.

Undefeated Russian star Chudinov returns to Germany to make the second defence of the WBA Super World Championship that he won on a split-decision against hometown hero Sturm last May and then smashed Britain’s Frank Buglioni over twelve rounds in the first title defence in September.

The hardman from Serpukhov near Moscow has forged a fearsome reputation as a fighting machine with his relentless pressure, non-stop punching and iron strength as he pounds opponent into submission as 10 of his 16 opponents have found out.

Chudinov, 28, will not be afraid of re-entering Sturm’s lion’s den again seeing as he’s fought and won away from home plenty of times previously with his passport also stamped in America, Dominican Republic and London.

A victory for Chudinov will certainly see him looking to unify the title against the hugely popular Armenian based German Arthur Abraham who holds the WBO crown, with also potential showdowns against WBC ruler Badou Jack and IBF Champion James DeGale.

Chudinov said, “I’m ready for Sturm a second time and I know that I can do the same again and emerge from Germany with my record and title still intact.  I’m more confident than ever, but I haven’t taken Sturm for granted, he’ll be highly motivated to get his title back in front of his home fans and I won’t let that happen,”

“I thank my fans in the UK for their support and all the good luck messages they have sent me, I seem to have won a lot of new fans when I defeated Frank Buglioni there.  Make sure you’re watching my fight against Sturm live on BoxNation tomorrow night and you will see something special.”

Sturm, from Cologne, hasn’t fought since the loss to Chudinov and for the German great it may be a final shot at world title glory in his illustrious 48-fight career that has seen him win four world titles. 

The slick and stylish Sturm has operated at elite level since 2003 and has been involved in a staggering 22 world championship fights although he has rarely fought outside of his homeland.

Known simply as ‘The Fighter’, Sturm will be looking to break his own record as Germany’s only four-time world champion by capturing a fifth title if he gets revenge over Chudinov.

An action-packed card on BoxNation opens with hot unbeaten German super-middleweight Alem Begic in a four round contest against Leo Tchoula; light-heavyweight Konni Konrad takes on Andrej Maurer over six rounds and Germany based Italian heavyweight Francesco Pianeta faces Hasan Olaki, also over six-rounds.

Live coverage will start on BoxNation at 7pm on Saturday night.  To subscribe to BoxNation (Sky 437/490HD, Virgin 525, Freeview 255, TalkTalk 415, iPhone, iPad or Android and Amazon devices) for only £12 a month visit boxnation.com or to watch online subscribe at watch.boxnation.com

Frank Buglioni Sends Firm Warning to Fedor Chudinov Ahead of Sept. 26th

Frank Buglioni will get his WBA World Super-Middleweight title shot against champion Fedor Chudinov on Saturday 26th September at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

The Enfield puncher destroyed tough Mexican Fernando Castaneda inside five rounds with a punch-perfect performance last Friday night to clear the path for his rescheduled fight against Chudinov.

Buglioni was due to face Chudinov last Friday night at the SSE Arena, but the Russian withdrew two weeks’ prior to the fight with a broken nose sustained in sparring, but Buglioni didn’t put his training to waste and fought Castaneda instead and also claimed the Vacant WBA International title.

Chudinov, from Serpukhov, Moscow, defeated German great Felix Sturm in May when he won the WBA World title on a split decision in Sturm’s backyard. Undefeated Chudinov has a perfect record of 13 wins with eight stoppages and is looking to avenge his brother Dmitry’s defeat to Chris Eubank Jnr. in February.

26-year-old Buglioni is ready for the biggest moment of his career and is confident he can became the latest addition to Britain’s burgeoning number of world champions.

“I’m coming for Chudinov and his world title now,” Stormed Buglioni.

“I got rid of Castaneda with a good performance after the disappointment of the Chudinov world title fight falling through and I took out all my anger on him on the night to line up Chudinov next,”

“I could have easily not fought and saved myself for the rescheduled date with Chudinov, but I didn’t want all my hard training to go to waste and every round counts in experience when you’re going for the world title,”

“We had a fantastic camp and fight strategy lined up for Chudinov anyway, so I’ll go through that again and there’s always room for improvement and we have more time now so I’ll be even more prepared,”

“I can’t wait to get to Chudinov and the world title belt. It’s going to be a huge night at the SSE Arena and while I’m not dismissing him, I’m confident in my abilities and know what I’m capable of doing to him,”

“He’s a very good fighter but if he doesn’t come at his absolute best then he will get knocked out.”

Promoter Frank Warren added, “I’m delighted that Frank’s world title is confirmed for Saturday 26th September at the SSE Arena and he can now fully focus on the date ahead of him,”

“As Frank’s promoter I was disappointed to see his big opportunity put on hold when Chudinov pulled out injured, but we all worked hard, along with Chudinov’s promoter Vlad Hrunov, to keep the fight on,”

“Frank looked in fantastic shape against Castaneda and did a professional and spiteful performance to stop him in five rounds so now he can concentrate on Chudinov.”

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Juergen Braehmer Defends Title vs Konni Konrad Sept. 5th in Dresden

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Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) will defend his WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship against Konni Konrad (21-1-1, 11 KOs) on September 5 in Dresden.

Ahead of his fifth successive world title defence, the 36 year-old two-time world champion is relishing a return to the Saxon capital. ‘’I have good memories from fighting in Dresden,’’ said Braehmer. ‘’It was here that I came back from my first world title defeat to claim the European strap in 2009. The city has not seen much boxing since then, but now I’m returning as world champion, and ready to change that!’’

For the challenger, the fight at the EnergieVerbund-Arena offers him the chance of a lifetime. Konrad was a young aspiring boxer who following a narrow points defeat to Denis Inkin retired in 2006. In the following years he worked as a dustman, but despite his change of circumstance, the dream of becoming World Champion never left him.

Thanks to Felix Sturm, in 2012 he was given a second chance to achieve his dream. Returning to the ring, the fighter from Cologne began to climb back up the rankings, claiming the WBA International title and eventually earning himself a shot at Braehmer’s crown.

‘’Konnie was on his way to the top when he lost everything,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’He has since proved his fighting spirit by working his way back up the rankings and back into position to challenge for the world title. Certainly Juergen is favourite, but I expect Konnie to push him to the limit and do everything he can to take his belt!’’

The experienced champion will take no notice of Konrad’s underdog status. Braehmer is aware of the threat he poses and is unwilling to underestimate his September 5 opponent. ‘’As a world champion you cannot afford to underestimate anyone,’’ said the Schwerin-southpaw. ‘’If you do your title will soon be gone. Konrad is strong boxer with a lot of heart, but with the right game plan I’m sure I will beat him.’’

Tickets for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Konni Konrad are on sale now and available via tickethall.de.

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Juergen Braehmer
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