Umar Sadiq Promises to Take Down Former World Champion Fedor Chudinov – Umar will find himself an extended way from home Friday night because the Londoner takes the prospect of a lifetime against former world champion Fedor Chudinov in Russia.
The Ilford super-middleweight has made the 1800-mile journey on short notice to challenge for Chudinov’s WBA Gold title – a big intensify for the 32-year-old who had been preparing for a British title shot against Lerrone Richards this summer.
With that domestic dust-up pushed back, talk about fighting Chudinov initially emerged in mid-August but it had been only fortnight ago when the fight became official, sparking a rush to secure a visa, accommodation and sparring before the large night.
But after a comparatively smooth fight week, Sadiq is plotting an interesting snatch-and-grab in Moscow that he hopes will accelerate him into the planet title picture.
“It was a simple decision,” Sadiq told Standard Sport. “I checked out him [Chudinov], my coaches checked out him and that we decided this is often a man who is formed on behalf of me . The rewards made it tons easier to mention yes to. Winning this fight will put me within the top three with the WBA, so I’m officially a world level fighter after winning it.
Sadiq arrived within the Moscow as a part of a decent team of 4 in the week , undergoing Covid-19 testing before and after making the trip. He comes in off a hugely busy 2019 that saw him fight sixfold before scoring the most important victory of his career so far when he outpointed Kody Davies at York Hall in February this year.
It would be fair to mention the Londoner was nowhere on Chudinov’s radar until a couple of weeks ago when his team reached our to Sadiq’s promoter Frank Warren, trying to find an opponent.
32-year-old Chudinov held the WBA ‘Super’ title back in 2015, challenging for the belt a second time in 2017 against George Groves – the night the Hammersmith man was fourth time lucky and have become a world champion for the primary time.
Chudinov is undefeated since that night at Bramall Lane and is pushing for a compulsory title challenge against current WBA king Callum Smith. But Sadiq is confident of springing a surprise.
Sadiq’s fellow east Londoner Anthony Yarde made an equivalent trip to Russia last August, coming on the brink of shocking Segey Kovalev in his WBO light heavyweight showdown within the champion’s hometown of Chelyabinsk.
While it’s an inspiring comparison on paper, Sadiq can only specialise in his own journey for now.
“Anthony may be a good friend, we grew up within the same area and had an equivalent amateur coach. But I even have to focus in myself and my journey and avoid getting over excited with fantasies and stories that would be nice.
Sources: Evening Standard
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