Hill to fight Brudov for WBA cruiserweight title Jan. 27

Updated: December 8, 2005, 6:26 PM ET
Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. -- Virgil Hill is scheduled to fight Valery Brudov in Atlantic City, N.J., for the World Boxing Association cruiserweight title next month.

Silver Hawk Boxing of Las Vegas won the WBA purse bid, said Hill's manager, Bill Sorensen of Bismarck. Hill and Brudov will split $241,000 for the Jan. 27 fight.

Hill has done promotional work for Dennis Rider of Silver Hawk and Hill's manager, Bill Sorensen of Bismarck, helped Silver Hawk put together a bid for the fight. It originally was set for late last summer in the Caribbean Island of St. Martin.

The St. Martin fight never happened, and neither did a Don King Productions Sept. 30 event in St. Louis. Promoters cited a lack of ticket sales.

"There have been delays and other issues," Sorensen said. "If we don't get it done this time, it's our own fault."

Hill, a North Dakota native, still has a contract with King and Sorensen said the Hill camp is trying to resolve differences with him. Under WBA purse bid rules, the highest bidder gets to stage the fight and Silver Hawk was the only promoter to submit a bid.

Sorensen said next month's fight will be a pay-per-view event.

"We have a good foreign television market," he said. "It will be a worldwide telecast."

Hill, 41, has not fought since losing the WBA cruiserweight belt to Jean-Marc Mormeck in May 2004. Brudov, 28, has a 30-0 record, but has yet to fight outside Russia or his home country of France.

The WBA cruiserweight title is vacant because Mormeck was elevated to super champion status after winning a unification bout. Brudov is the No. 1-ranked challenger and Hill is No. 2.


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