Davtaev vs Otas

Apti Davtaev Pedro Otas

Davtaev Otas

Grozny, Russia

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The WBA International Heavyweight Title

BoxNation returns to Russia for an Easter cracker on Thursday 18th April with live action from Grozny.

The bill is topped by hometown heroes Umar Salamov and Aslambek Idigov who are both in title action, along with Heavyweight crusher Apti Davtaev.

Salamov (23-1, 17 KOs) makes the second defence of his WBO International Light-Heavyweight Championship against Pole Norbert Dabrowski (22-7-2, 9 KOs).

Davtaev (16-0, 15 KOs) meets Brazilian veteran Pedro Otas (32-4-1, 28 KOs) with a knockout seeming certain, given their KO records.

The vacant WBO International Heavyweight belt will be on the line when Davtaev returns to Russia, following a KO win in Kansas over Richard Carmack two months ago.

Idigov (15-0, 7 KOs) challenges for the vacant IBF European Super-Middleweight crown when he faces Spain’s Ronny Landaeta (16-1, 10 KOs).

Idigov, 23, has been carefully matched but after two wins in the United States last summer is starting to move up in class and victory over Landaeta should earn him a top 15 ranking with the IBF.

Venezuelan born Landaeta turned professional in May 2014 won his first 16 fights, all in Spain, and picked up Spanish, IBF International and European EU belts.

He lost his unbeaten record in a EBU European Title challenge in November when he travelled to Germany and dropped a points decision to Robin Krasniqi.

Umar Salamov Norbert Dabrowski

Salamov Dabrowski

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The IBF International Light-Heavyweight Title

Salamov, 24, has won his last four fights since losing a points decision in Australia against Damien Hooper in July 2017.

Despite that setback there are a catalogue of good names on his record including former British and Commonwealth Champion Bob Ajisafe, a man avoided by many.

Salamov is currently ranked fourth in the WBO rankings for Sergey Kovalev’s Title and with another impressive win he can expect to move higher. He is also ranked 7th by the WBA and 6th by the IBF.

He also holds a points win over Doudou Ngumbu who recently challenged Oleksandr Gvozdyk for his World Title.

Southpaw Dabrowski, 30, will offer a solid test and has lost in good company going the distance with former WBO Champion Eleider Alvarez in December 2016 and current European Champion Dominic Boesel.

Davtaev, Idigov and Salamov have been preparing for their respective tests in the best way, training up at the fabled Kronk gym in Detroit under Javan ‘Sugarhill’ Steward and Rick Phillips.