A professional fighter from Covington is making a name for himself on the national stage.
Chris Rudd, a former member of the Covington Boxing Club, beat a South African boxer Friday night at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nev., to move on to the second round of a tournament sponsored by ESPN.
Rudd's win over Yakubu Aidu (19-4), nicknamed Black Mambo, moved his record to 13-1 with eight knockouts.
“This guy was tough and a good pro with a lot of experience,” said Jimmy Glover, Rudd's trainer. “We watched a tape and talked to other trainers who knew the guy so we had a pretty good game plan going in. Chris followed it for most of the fight. Everyone was calling it an upset, but we did not feel like it was an upset. We prepared for the fight and did what we went there to do.”
Rudd will fight Petr Petrov (32-4) of Russia in the second round in an eight-round bout on March 28 in New Town, N.D. The fight will be televised by ESPN.
“We had a lot of support from home for the fight last week and will need it again on March 28,” Glover said.
Under the tournament's rules, if the bout is tied at the end of eight rounds the fighters fight an extra round. That was the case Friday and Rudd won the final round to move on to round two.
“Everyone had picked Aidu to win the championship and had looked past us,” Glover said. “This proved to be a mistake. Chris worked to prepare for the fight and it showed.”