Denis Grachev faces Edwin Rodriguez next Saturday, July 13th in Monte Carlo
New York City, NY (July 6, 2013) While the rest of the United States celebrated the Fourth of July over the weekend, two of boxing’s finest contenders, Edwin Rodriguez and Denis Grachev were busy in Houston, Texas and Big Bear, California, respectively finalizing preparations for their return to Monte Carlo next Saturday night, July 13.
The Rodriguez/Grachev showdown, scheduled for ten rounds, will be competed at a catch weight of 171.5 with the winner pocketing the lion’s share, 60%, of the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super 4 Prize, the loser coming away with 40%.
The fight takes place at the glittering Salles de Etoile entertainment venue.
Promoted by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves of South Africa, the Million Dollar Super 4 Final promises a terrific fight between two excellent contenders.
“This is an outstanding matchup between two fine warriors and true gentlemen outside the ring. I’m very proud to promote this event to those in attendance in Monte Carlo in addition to those viewing the telecast across the globe” said Berman, South Africa’s leading boxing promoter since 1977.
Rodriguez advanced to the final on March 31, taking a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Argentinian contender Ezequiel Maderna. Grachev moved forward on the same day with a ten round split decision over former world champion Zsolt Erdei, both bouts also taking place at the Salle des Etoiles venue in the world’s most beautiful tourist location.
Each combatant is finalizing training in two of the finest boxing gyms in the United States, PLEX in Houston, Texas for Edwin Rodriguez and The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear, California for Grachev.
After a morning run on the Fourth of July, Grachev, 13-1-1 (8KO’s), spoke about the upcoming clash. “After my fight with Erdei on March 30th, I was able to take in quite a bit of the Rodriguez/Maderna fight which was very close. It was not Edwin’s best performance, although he won, I’m confident he can fight much better. “
In regards to the unique catch weight, Grachev stated, “I’ve fought at 168 against Bute so making 171.5 for this fight is no problem. Super middleweight might be best for me going forward. Not looking past Rodriguez but I’d love to fight Carl Froch or Mikkel Kessler as well as Tommy Oosthuizen.”
“I was very comfortable at 168 when I fought Lucian Bute last November and I thought I beat him clearly eight rounds to four.”
‘The training here at The Summit has been outstanding, sparring has been terrific, even went some rounds with Gennady Golovkin. Always good to train alongside a world champion.”
“We leave on Sunday and I’m ready to go. It’s a big purse to win, hopefully I can fight two more times this years as well.”
Finishing a training session with Ronnie Shields at PLEX in Houston, Texas, Rodriguez talked about his Super 4 Final with Grachev.
“My fight with Maderna was after his win over Erdei so I didn’t get to watch it that night but I’ve seen his win a few times. He’s been on my radar a bit as he fought Lucian Bute at 168; additionally I saw his win over Ismayl Siliakh. He also beat my pal Vladine Biosse a couple years ago so I’m very familiar with him.”
‘I’m fine with the catch weight of 171.5 as I’m really a super middleweight, I’ll be on weight and I’m sure he will be as well. We both agreed to it and I don’t anticipate it being an issue.”
“After this fight I’d like a world title shot, Sakio Bika would be a great opportunity.”
Three other outstanding bouts round out the evening with a 12 round WBA Junior Welterweight World Title bout between defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev and top rated challenger Soulemayne M’baye.
In the middleweight division, Max Bursak of Kiev, Ukraine will face the United Kingdom’s Prince Arron for the EBU Middleweight Title over 12 rounds.
Rounding out the card is a 12 round cruiserweight clash between Dmytro Kuchar of Kiev, Ukraine and South Africa’s Ilunga Makabu.
IABA UPDATE (IRELAND WIN FIVE GOLD MEDALS AT EU CHAMPIONSHIPS )
July 6th – Katie Taylor claimed her 5th successive EU title and also scooped the Boxer of the Tournament Award at the 2013 EU Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Keszthely, Hungary today.
Kristina O’Hara, Jacqui Lynch, Graine Gavin and Amy Broadhurst also won gold in today=E2=80=99s Youth and Junior finals.
Taylor beat France’s Estelle Mosselly on a unanimous decision in her first tournament since securing lightweight gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
The victory – Ireland’s fifth gold medal victory of the day – is the Bray woman’s 15th major gold medal win since 2005.
Lynch, Gavin and Broadhurst, the current European Junior champion, got the gold rush underway with three wins in the Junior finals.
O’Hara finished on top of the podium in the light-flyweight Youth decider.
Ciara Sheedy, Niamh Ball and Lianne Murphy had to settle for silver after losing out in their finals this afternoon.
Murphy was involved in the last bout of the 23-nation Championships against Turkey=E2=80=99s Emine Bozduman.
Ireland’s female boxers will be taking home a record- breaking five gold, three silver and seven bronze medals from Hungary.
The IABA were using a 26-strong squad in Keszthely. The Quick Park sponsored Irish team are due to arrive home through Dublin Airport on Sunday, July 7th, evening.
Visit www.iaba.ie for homecoming details. All media are invited to attend Sunday=E2=80=99s homecoming.
Click here for results and pictures from today=E2=80=99s finals. The Irish EU squad are proudly sponsored by Quick Park of Dublin Airport.