Hill to fight Brudov for WBA cruiserweight title Jan. 27

FARGO, N.D. -- Virgil Hill is scheduled to fight Valery
Brudov in Atlantic City, N.J., for the World Boxing Association
cruiserweight title next month.
Silver Hawk Boxing of Las Vegas won the WBA purse bid, said
Hill's manager, Bill Sorensen of Bismarck. Hill and Brudov will
split $241,000 for the Jan. 27 fight.
Hill has done promotional work for Dennis Rider of Silver Hawk
and Hill's manager, Bill Sorensen of Bismarck, helped Silver Hawk
put together a bid for the fight. It originally was set for late
last summer in the Caribbean Island of St. Martin.
The St. Martin fight never happened, and neither did a Don King
Productions Sept. 30 event in St. Louis. Promoters cited a lack of
ticket sales.
"There have been delays and other issues," Sorensen said. "If
we don't get it done this time, it's our own fault."
Hill, a North Dakota native, still has a contract with King and
Sorensen said the Hill camp is trying to resolve differences with
him. Under WBA purse bid rules, the highest bidder gets to stage
the fight and Silver Hawk was the only promoter to submit a bid.
Sorensen said next month's fight will be a pay-per-view event.
"We have a good foreign television market," he said. "It will
be a worldwide telecast."
Hill, 41, has not fought since losing the WBA cruiserweight belt
to Jean-Marc Mormeck in May 2004. Brudov, 28, has a 30-0 record,
but has yet to fight outside Russia or his home country of France.
The WBA cruiserweight title is vacant because Mormeck was
elevated to super champion status after winning a unification bout.
Brudov is the No. 1-ranked challenger and Hill is No. 2.