Stephen Vaughan Promotions presents “From Russia With Glove” on Sunday December 7 at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, United Kingdom, headlined by Andrey Meryasev vs. Sebastian Skrzypczynski for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Middleweight title.
27-year-old Andrey Meryasev from Saint Petersburg, Russia is undefeated at 16-0 (11), and must be considered a favorite in the bout. In his most recent outing he beat former world Welterweight Champion Carlos Manuel Baldomir on points, and did it in his opponents home-country of Mexico.
Meryasev has been a pro since 2007, but was out of action between 2009 and 2012, so only recently has he started to really make his mark in the Middleweight division. Winning the WBF International title on December 7 will be another step towards his world championship goal, but he must first defeat a confident opponent in Liverpool.
Poland’s Sebastian Skrzypczynski does not look like a serious threat on paper, bringing a mediocre 11-8-2 (5) ledger, but he has faced some of Europe’s best, including Damian Jonak (31-0-1), Jackson Osei Bonsu (40-5-1) and Tommy Altmann (17-1-1), whom he destroyed in 49 seconds of the first round in October 2012.
Skrzypczynski has won his last four bouts, two of them inside the distance, and picked up a regional title along the way, so he will definitely fancy his chances against Meryasev. He beat Altmann in Germany, and has fought all over Europe, so traveling to fight will not be a problem for the tough Pole.
Meryasev vs. Skrzypczynski for the WBF International Middleweight title, and a full undercard, will be televised live in Russia by Fighter Channel.