Late last night the WBA announced that WBA interim Super Middleweight champion Stanyslav Kashtanov (31-1, 17)had been ordered to defend his title against rising and unbeaten Russian puncher Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9).
Chudinov, ranked #2 by the WBA, has been on a tear in the last 12 months with 5 decisive wins, including 4 stoppages whilst also seeing his brother, Dmitry Chudinov claim the WBA interim Middleweight title.
Kashtanov on the other hand is a Ukrainian who won the interim title back in 2012 and has defended it once. Although an interim would champion he is viewed as a "paper title holder" and a third rate champion behind super champion Andre Ward and Unified champion Carl Froch.
The two men have been given 30 days to negotiate a deal for the fight, this 30 day period ends on August 10th and if a deal has not been agreed the fight will go to purse bids. Of course if it does go to purse bids it's hard to imagine anything but a win by Chudinov's camp, which is backed by both business man Vladimir Hryunov and biker gang the Night Wolves.
Strangely Chudinov is scheduled to fight in Kashtanov's native Ukraine on August 9th, one day before the end of the negotiation period. At the moment that fight is "unsanctioned", a move that is likely due to the on-going political situation between Russia and Ukraine.
We hope to bring you more details on this bout in the coming weeks.