Paulie Malignaggi will be the only American fighter headed to Ukraine on April 29.
Vyacheslav Senchenko will face Paulie Malignaggi in Donetsk, Ukraine, on April 29, with American viewers being offered a 1 p.m. EDT PPV on that Sunday. The main event itself probably isn't going to entice more than the absolute most very diehard, dedicated, insane boxing fans, but having the option is nice, at least.
The undercard has been announced, and, well, this likely isn't going to do much for casual fans who like Malignaggi and don't really care about boxing (those do exist, from what I can gather from Twitter). No American veterans are headed over with Malignaggi -- I don't note this because I think it should be expected, but a lot of the recent shows with faded/washed-up Americans going over to Russia or the like have featured a traveling bunch of barnstormers known to American fans. This show, however, is all local fighters. Every fight features a Ukrainian, which makes sense of course, and three of those fights are Ukraine vs France. The lineup is after the jump.
Cruiserweights, 12 Rounds
Yago Kiladze (18-0, 12 KO) vs Julien Perriaux (15-8, 8 KO)
Junior Welterweights, 12 Rounds
Wladimir Kravets (25-1, 15 KO) vs Abdoulaye Soukouna (14-10-6, 1 KO)
Lightweights, 12 Rounds
Andriy Kudryavtsev (38-9, 17 KO) vs Samir Ziani (10-0-1, 2 KO)
Featherweights, 12 Rounds
Oleg Yefimovych (21-2, 11 KO) vs Sergio Carlos Santillan (29-11-3, 14 KO)
Super Middleweights, 8 Rounds
Stas Kashtanov (28-1, 15 KO) vs Jorge Rodriguez Olivera (23-4, 12 KO)
None of these fights figures to be anything to get excited about, since none of the fighters are exactly world class contenders. I can't really recommend this show to anyone. If you think you might want to buy it, well, you're the target audience, and you know enough to make up your mind. But if you're truly unsure, my honest advice would be to save your money. We'll have live round-by-round coverage on April 29 because I'm an idiot.