With Arthur Abraham too busy nursing a hurt elbow and setting up a fight with Robin Krasniqi to fight Martin Murray on November 12th, Sky Sports reports that Dmitry Chudinov has stepped up to the plate to face Murray in Monte Carlo.
Murray also confirmed the booking via twitter.
It's been confirmed that my new opponent for November 12th will be Dimitrii Chudinov.— Martin Murray (@MartinMurrayBox) October 31, 2016
This is a… https://t.co/MnKWSS6gvB
Chudinov (19-1, 12 KO), who is ranked third at middleweight by the WBA, moved up to 168 after a loss to Chris Eubank Jr. in February of 2015. He’s 5-0 since against nobodies, most recently defeating a 9-11 foe by decision at light heavyweight.
In short, not the stiffest test for Murray (33-4-1, 16 KO), who fell to George Groves in June, but a solid pick considering the time constraints.
The card, headlined by Luis Ortiz vs. Malik Scott and carried by HBO, features two WBA title bouts as Jason Sosa and Jamie McDonnell defend their belts against Stephen Smith and Liborio Solis, respectively.