Covington boxer Chris Rudd took part in his biggest professional bout to date Friday night in New Town, N.D.
Taking on a much more experienced Petr Petrov in the semifinals of Boxcino, a national tournament, Rudd was stopped 51 seconds into the fourth round of the eight-round bout that was televised on ESPN.
“We trained really hard and came in with a game plan to try and hurt him early in the fight to take away some of his strength and beat him in the last half of the fight,” said Jimmy Glover, Rudd's trainer who is also from Covington. “It appears he (Petrov) came in with the same plan to hurt Chris early and slow down his speed and movement. He did this with a vicious body attack.”
Rudd (13-2, eight knockouts) had his moments, but Petrov (34-4-2, 15 knockouts) proved to be too strong in the lightweight bout.
Petrov, 31, got Rudd on the ropes in the opening seconds of the fourth round and the referee stepped in to stop the fight, giving the Russian fighter the TKO win.
“He caught Chris with a shot, a left hook, to the liver area,” Glover said. “It just drained all the strength out of Chris and he could no longer move and stay away from the guy.”
Glover coached Rudd when he was a member of the amateur Covington Boxing Club and has been training him throughout his pro career.
Rudd advanced to the semifinals with a quarterfinal win over Ghana's Yakubu Amidu two months ago.
“I am proud of Chris,” Glover said. “He did not quit or give up. He made a lot of friends during the tournament. He lost to a guy who had fought for two world titles.”
Glover said Rudd, 29, will continue his professional career.
“Chris or his handlers are not making excuses,” Glover said. “We lost but we will be back soon.”
In other boxing news, the Covington Boxing Club won six of eight titles at the West Tennessee Golden Gloves Tournament last weekend in Jackson.
The winners – Montavious Grandberry, Jonathan Kindred, Tyronza Boyd, Davion Rudd, Jonathan Furman and Octavius Suggs – advance to the Mid-South Golden Gloves Tournament April 10-12 in Little Rock, Ark.
“Davion Rudd will be the only open boxer we have and stands a good chance of advancing to the National Golden Gloves later this month,” Glover said. “This was a good effort from our guys, but we still have work to do to get ready for the Mid-South.”