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Andriy Rudenko steps in against Zhang Zhilei on November 30th

Rudenko lost a March decision to Agit Kabayel in his last fight

Russian boxer Povetkin wins WBO International heavyweight title bout against Ukraines Rudenko Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Matchroom Boxing have managed to scrounge up a new opponent for Zhang Zhilei on less than 10 days’ notice, and while it’s not as appealing a foe as the waylaid Sergey Kuzmin, things could definitely have been worse. Ukrainian veteran Andriy Rudenko has answered the call to face “Big Bang” in Monaco this Saturday.

Rudenko (32-4, 20 KO) is utterly dwarfed by Zhang (20-0, 16 KO), giving up 5.5 inches of height to the Olympic medalist, but has experience against solid heavyweights. He’s been in there with the likes of Lucas Browne, Hughie Fury, Alexander Povetkin, and Agit Kabayel, and though all four beat him, none of them managed to stop him. Zhang will most likely have to put in 10 rounds of work.

At least it’s not Kevin Johnson, I suppose.

Radzhab Butaev and Alexander Besputin headline on DAZN with a supporting cast that includes Cecelia Braekhus and the aforementioned Fury,

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