Over the last 20 years, promoter and manager Philippe Fondu has pretty much been solely responsible for providing some of the best eastern European boxing talent to promoters throughout Europe and the USA.
UK based Fondu has been instrumental in guiding many eastern European boxers to European and world titles including Russian boxer Roman Karmazin, who won the IBF junior-middleweight title a few years ago.
It is fair to say that Fondu knows a thing or two when it comes to producing some of the finest talent in Europe and he believes 25 year-old Sergey Rabchenko is the most gifted boxer he has worked with.
“In my opinion, Rabchenko is probably the most gifted kid I’ve been involved with,” said Fondu. “If properly managed and promoted, he’s got the potential to become a great and charismatic champion.
Rabchenko, who has won all his 16 fights so far, 12 by knockout, faces his toughest test on Friday night when he challenges Welshman Bradley Pryce for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental junior-middleweight title at the Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensferry, Wales. Fondu fully expects Rabchenko to be victorious and would not be surprised if he wins inside the distance.
“Rabchanko is, indeed, a sharp puncher, and has a good chin,” said Fondu. “Obviously Pryce is his toughest test to date, but I’m very confident he’ll win, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he stops him around the first half of the championship contest. But he has prepared well for this fight and if he has to go twelve rounds, it should not be a problem neither.”
Assuming Rabchenko comes through against Pryce, Fondu has big plans for his latest prospect
“The first step for Rabchanko would be to win the European title, and he should be in line for this within the next few months,” said Fondu. “He’s still a young kid and a raw diamond. Again, if he gets the right support of his promoter, I’m very confident he’s got the tools to win a world title."
The WBA Inter-Continental title fight between Sergey Rabchenko and Bradley Pryce will be broadcast LIVE on Eurosport on May 20.
May 18, 2011