WBA #10 ranked lightweight Roman Andreev (24-0, 17 KOs) is one of those fighters who impress every time they step inside the ring. The only problem for Andreev, who was once ranked #1 by the WBO, is his low activity. The Russian has fought just four times over the last three-and-a-half years, yet he was convincing each time, stopping capable opponents Craig Evans and Pavel Malikov during the span.
Andreev’s activity has seen his increase recently after he had started working with Vladimir Hryunov, a long-time leading Russian promoter. Andreev, 35, will also be a headliner of Vladimir Hryunov’s next promotion, which takes place tomorrow on Friday at the Vegas City Hall on the western outskirts of Moscow.
The show is officially promoted by World Total Kombat Federation with the support of the Russian Boxing Federation. A vacant WBA Gold lightweight belt will be at stake in the division, which is ruled by the WBA Super (and IBF/WBO) champion Teofimo Lopez. The WBA "regular" champion is Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
Opposing Andreev is the 29-year old Nicaraguan Freddy Fonseca (29-5-1, 20 KOs). Fonseca failed to win big on a foreign soil but had a number of wins over fellow countrymen, including Eusebio Osejo, Moises Castro and others.
In the chief supportive fight of the night, middleweights Edgard Moskvichev (11-1-2, 4 KOs) and Gennady Martirosyan (26-5, 11 KOs) will collide in a long-awaited cross-roader.
Moskvichev is just 23, while Martirosyan celebrated his 41st birthday in February. While Moskvichev is a young up-and-comer with no recognizable achievements, Martirosyan is a former WBO middleweight world title challenger. In September 2011 he challenged then-champion Dmitry Pirog in an all-Russian collision only to be stopped on cuts after ten complete rounds.
Four and a half years since his last fight, light heavyweight Andrey Kalyuzhniy (14-2, 12 KOs) is expected to fight in Russia for the time in career. Kalyuzhniy had been competing exclusively in Chine for five years before his temporary retirement. Facing the Russian is former WBA super middleweight title challenger Server Emurlyaev (23-2, 8 KOs), 35, who came back in February after more than eight years off the ring.
Other eight-rounder include:
• Flyweight Elena Savelieva (6-1, 4 KOs) against Kristina Sargasyan (2-0)
• Super middleweight Rokhman Akhmetkhanov (1-0, 1 KOs) versus Victor Plotnikov (33-11, 15 KOs)
• Welterweight Alan Khugaev (12-0, 6 KOs) versus Elvin Akhundzada (4-6, 2 KOs)
Also on the card is light heavyweight David Gladun (4-1, 1 KO).