European light-middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko’s march to a world title will continue when he defends his title for the second time against Adriano Nicchi of Italy in Monte Carlo on March 30.
Rabchenko, from Belarus, will fight on the undercard of the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four event.
“Rabchenko is probably the most gifted kid I’ve been involved with,” said his manager Philippe Fondu. “If properly managed and promoted, he’s got the potential to become a great and charismatic champion. He is indeed running short of possible worthy opponents in the UK and is delighted to be given the opportunity to showcase his talent against the reigning Italian champion in such a prestigious venue.”
Rabchenko (22-0, 16 KOs) is a heavy puncher and boasts defeats of the likes of awkward southpaw Cedric Vitu and former championship contender Ryan Rhodes.
Fondu believes that with the division in such a state of flux, Rabchenko could be in the title mix before long.
“It is difficult to say who will be the WBC champion in a few months, but some great opportunities await Rabchenko,” said Fondu.
A sharp puncher with a good chin, Rabchenko has the added benefit of having Ricky Hatton in his corner.
“With Ricky at my side I can win a world title,” said the 26 year-old Belarussian.
A former student of the Belarussian State University of Physical Culture, Rabchenko participated as an amateur in numerous world and European championships. A multiple national champion, he won 208 of his 228 amateur bouts.
The former undefeated WBA Inter-Continental light-middleweight champion,is rated by the three major boxing bodies (WBC #3, WBA #6, IBF#10).
The Rabchenko-Nicchi fight is part of the Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four, a four-man boxing spectacular put together by African promotional giant Golden Gloves in partnership with the Monte-Carlo SBM Group.
The elimination event features Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs), Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs), Denis Grachev of Russia (12-1-1, 8 KOs) and Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13 KOs).
February 5, 2013