Covington professional boxer Chris Rudd has been trying to make a name for himself on the national stage for a couple of years now.
Friday night he will get a great opportunity to further his career when he appears on ESPN in a lightweight bout against Russia's Petr Petrova (33-4-2, 15 knockouts).
Rudd defeated Yakubu Amiou of South Africa in the quarterfinals of a tournament called “Boxcino.” Friday's telecast, which will include other fights, begins at 8 p.m.
The bout is being held in New Town, N.D.
Rudd (13-1, nine knockouts) is a former member of the Covington Boxing Club and is coached by Jimmy Glover, who still runs the youth boxing club here.
“We have worked really hard to make sure Chris is ready for this fight,” Glover said.
The winner of this fight will meet the winner of Miguel Gonzalez-Fernando Cardcamo for the 2014 Boxcino title.
In other local boxing news, the Covington Boxing Club will compete in the West Tennessee Golden Gloves Tournament in Jackson this weekend.
There will be 11 boxers from Covington in the event.
Locals Anthony Campbell and Davian Rudd will compete in the open division.
“Both these guys have a good chance of winning,” Glover said.
Octavius Suggs, Tyronza Boyd, Jonathan Kindred, Latonio Grandberry, Jonathan Farman, Arious Jackson, Montavious Grandberry, Tyrell Williams and Nick Gooden are other locals who will compete.
“These guys have worked really hard to prepare,” Glover said.
The open novice and junior class winners advanced to Little Rock for the Mid-South Golden Gloves.
Open class winners move on to the national Golden Gloves championships.