The unbeaten Russian, who has spent his ring time between Russia and Spain, will be defending the title for the first time since winning the belt in April against Neo Martinez Raygoza. The Russian hasn't really impressed, despite his unbeaten record and has twice escaped with split decision wins, despite only facing very limited opposition. He will however know that if he picks up a win here he'll move towards a bout of note.
For Moralde this bout will be a tough on. It's his first bout in Europe, it's his first bout since the tragic death of Smith and it's a tough test as a bout anyway. A win will however move him towards a much more notable bout and will prove his ability as a fantastic fighter, whether he's fighting at home or away. This will be his second bout on the road and a win here could see Moralde building a reputation as a road warrior, like compatriot Johnriel Casimero.