- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Heavyweight Bryant Jennings, one of the fresh faces in the division, will return to action June 14 to face Russia’s Andrey Fedosov.
Jennings-Fedosov will headline a “Fight Night” tripleheader (NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m. ET) at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
Jennings (16-0, 8 KOs), 28, of Philadelphia, broke out in 2012 by winning five fights, four of which were nationally televised on “Fight Night.” After such a busy year -- in which he went from unknown to being mentioned as a possible opponent for heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko -- the pace is slowing this year. The fight with Fedosov will be Jennings’ first of 2013.
He was supposed to face Franklin Lawrence (19-2-2, 14 KOs) and Lawrence’s promoter, Gary Shaw, had signed a contract for the fight, but Lawrence did not sign his paperwork after agreeing to the fight and would not even take a phone call from his manager or promoter to discuss it.
So now Fedosov (24-2, 19 KOs), 27, who is from Russia but based in Los Angeles, got the fight.
Also on the card, light heavyweight contender Sergey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KOs), 30, of Russia, who is coming off an impressive knockout of former titlist Gabriel Campillo, meets Cornelius White (21-1, 16 KOs), 31, of Houston, in a light heavyweight title eliminator that will make the winner the next mandatory challenger (after current mandatory Karo Murat) for titlist Bernard Hopkins.
In the opener, Bethlehem's Ronald Cruz (17-1, 12 KOs), 26, faces Jaime Herrera (10-2, 5 KOs), 24, of Franklin Park, Ill. Cruz will be looking to bounce back from his first loss, a decision to Antwone Smith in September.