Russian heavyweight contender Andrey Fedosov will look to keep his momentum going on Saturday night in Verona, New York, following his 2015 march through the ESPN Boxcino Tournament. Fedosov is in that second-tier of respectable heavyweights who are not quite serious contenders but are knocking on the door.
Fedosov’s one, legitimate contender clash happened in June 2013, when he faced Bryant Jennings. Fedosov showed grit and heart, but got stopped in his corner on cuts following Round 6. He rebounded from that loss by knocking out journeyman Maurice Harris in April 2014.
Fedosov spent last year winning the Boxcino tournament. That gave him some needed attention, but he didn’t exactly have to battle a murderer’s row. In Round 1, he knocked out a very tall, but very green Nat Heaven in Round 1. He stopped Lenroy Thomas, who had won a spirited decision over Jason Estrada in the first round, by Round 3 KO in the semi-final. He battered Donavan Dennis and stopped him in Round 8 of the final.
At 6’1″ and about 220 pounds, Fedesov is a smallish heavyweight by modern standards. But he’s a compact, rugged pressure fighter. All three men he defeated in the Boxcino tournament had the edge in size, but Fedosov had far more craft.
Fedosov turned 30 in April and has to be anxious to make a big move now, while the heavyweight division is heating up. He’s not really in the picture to get a shot at a world title, but should work himself back into another contender fight if he can keep winning.
His opponent Saturday night, Mario Heredia, is a bit of an unknown quantity. The Mexican native’s weight has fluctuated wildly during his brief professional career, from 235 pounds at the start of his career in 2012 to 277 in October 2014 and then back down to 228 in July 2015 before ballooning back to 286 in September and 288 last December in his most recent fight.
This kind of bouncing up and down generally indicates a lack of serious training on the part of a heavyweight. Heredia is 13-1 with 11 KOs. His last fight was a Round 2 knockout of Saul Montana, who is a very experienced journeyman, but also 45 years old.