Hill, Brudov to square off in St. Louis on Sept. 30

ST. LOUIS -- For the second time this year, St. Louis will
host a world boxing championship.
Virgil Hill will come out of retirement to face undefeated
Russian Valery Brudov, the No. 1 contender, for the vacant WBA
world cruiserweight championship. The fight will be Sept. 30 at the
Savvis Center.
More than 22,000 people were on hand in February when Zab Judah
scored a technical knockout in the ninth round over St. Louisan
Cory Spinks to gain the undisputed world welterweight title. Since
then, the city has agreed to waive its ticket tax for boxing
Also on the Sept. 30 card will be a fight between Daniel Santos
and Joe Wyatt for Santos' WBO junior middleweight title and local
fighters Devon Alexander and Danny Williams.
On Oct. 21, Savvis will start its Friday night fights, an
occasional series of smaller cards in the building's Concert Club.
Dennis Petrullo, general manager at Savvis Center, told the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch he's hoping for 10,000 to 12,000 fans for the
Hill-Brudov fight.
"This is a risky business. There's a lot of money involved, and
it all happens real fast. We'd love to have 15,000 to 16,000 and
prove we're a boxing town, even if we don't feature a local like
Cory," Petrullo said.
Petrullo had been targeting Spinks for the next Savvis fight,
but contractual issues between Spinks and Don King have kept that
from happening, the Post-Dispatch reported. Kevin Cunningham,
Spinks' trainer, said he was looking to have Spinks back in the
ring before the end of the year, he hopes in St. Louis.
Hill, 41, is 49-5 but has lost four of his last 10 fights.
Brudov is 30-0 with 23 knockouts, including one in each of his last
11 fights. All of his fights have been in either Russia or France.