Russian trio Apti Davtaev, Aslambek Idigov and Umar Salamov are treading the same path as many greats by fighting out of Detroit’s Kronk Gym.
Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Gerald McClellan Michael Moorer and Milton McCrory are among the Kronk originals trained by the late Emanuel Steward wearing the famous yellow and red shorts.
On Thursday, the three prospects will show what they have learned at the Kronk where they are trained by Javan ‘Sugar Hill’ Steward, the nephew of Emanuel.
The contenders have all been at the Kronk for more than a year and spent six weeks there preparing under Steward and Rick Phillips for their Grozny tests, live on BoxNation.
Salamov makes the second defence of his WBO International Light-Heavyweight Championship against Pole Norbert Dabrowski.
Davtaev meets Brazilian veteran Pedro Otas for the vacant WBO International Heavyweight Title
Idigov challenges for the vacant IBF European Super-Middleweight crown when he faces Spain’s Ronny Landaeta.
Salamov was tipped to be another great Russian Light-Heavyweight when he turned professional, but a shock defeat against Aussie Damien Hooper halted his progress.
He has won four on the spin since, three by stoppage, and this will be his fourth fight under ‘Sugar Hill’ and Phillips.
Salamov, who has 23 wins and that solitary shock loss, is world ranked in the top 10 by the IBF, WBA and WBO.
He puts his recent form down to working up at the Kronk gym and leaving home: "Training with Sugar has taken my boxing IQ to the next level. I look forward to putting in a dominant performance and making my claim for the Light-Heavyweight World Title this year!”
Idigov, 23, was last seen stopping his countryman Konstantin Piternov after four rounds in December of last year.
“I am excited about fighting for a title against a skilled and highly respected Landaeta,” said Idigov.
“I want to fight the best! I will prove that I am the best Super-Middleweight in the world and a very important step is an impressive performance on April 18.”
“On April 18, three of the best contenders from Russia will look to take a significant step towards their goal of fighting for world titles in the near future,” said all three fighters’ promoter, Dmitriy Salita.
“All are unique, all have shown improvement and world-class ability. I look forward to great fights and impressive wins".