Russian challenge faces brave Sheffield boxer

Sheffield's Liam Cameron has been given another huge opportunity to put his name on the world stage.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 6:40 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:11 am

The super middleweight is to fight recently-deposed WBA world champion Fedor Chudinov in his native Russia.

Initially, Cameron was lined up to face his brother Dmitry, but that fell through.

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Then Fedor, who lost his title to former IBF kingpin Felix Sturm in Germany in February, fancied taking on the South Yorkshireman and a 10-rounder is now being planned, possibly for April 22, at the 9,000 seater Arena 2000 in Yaroslavl. The venue is dubbed “the world’s best multisports centre in its size class.”.

Cameron has been training harder than ever before in Lanzarote and is looking forward to the challenge against the stocky Russian.

“I will be ready for this - I have to be this guy is a world number one and a bull who knows how to put people out” said the 26-year-old pride of Manor Park.

Chudinov has a W14 L1 record and wants to use the Cameron clash to get ready for his next world title shot. But two Commonwealth title points-defeats against the highly-talented Luke Blackledge and Zac Dunn - whom he fought in Australia - has broadened Cameron’s experience greatly.

“I have learned a great deal from those fights and at 26 I think I am maturing more” said the super middleweight.

“Going to Australia definitely taught me a lot.

“You have to have guts to fight in Russia and I will be ready to do that because this is a fight that could change my life.

“A win there and bigger things will come my way.”

Cameron admits his work rate has been an issue in the past and that is something he is working on.

Chudinov, who lives near Moscow, will be looking for his second win over a Brit - he beat Londoner Frank Buglioni in September 2015.

The 29-year-old orthodox boxer is a big-hitter, ten of his wins have been KOs.