Dmitry Mikhaylenko will face Ray Robinson in a 10-round welterweight fight that will serve as the co-feature to the Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal light heavyweight title rematch on Jan. 30 (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Main Events announced on Monday.
Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KOs), 29, of Russia, who fights in the same Egis Klimas managerial stable as Kovalev and featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko, scored his biggest win in August when he knocked out former interim junior welterweight titlist Johan Perez in the eighth round. He also owns wins against Sechew Powell and Ronald Cruz.
"This is a big fight for me," Mikhaylenko said. "I am looking to get my name in the hunt at the top of the welterweight division. I am also excited to be opening for my countryman, Sergey Kovalev. I hope to put on a great show."
Robinson (20-2, 9 KOs), 29, a southpaw from Philadelphia, has won nine fights in a row since suffering decision losses to former titleholder Shawn Porter (2010) and undefeated Brad Solomon (2009).
"Success comes with a price," Robinson said. "I paid my dues. Jan. 30 will be another step closer to my dreams."
Main Events promoter Kathy Duva, who co-promotes Mikhaylenko with German Titov, said the winner of the fight could be a fresh face on the scene in the welterweight division, one of boxing's most talent-rich weight classes.
"These are the kinds of fights that fans want to see," she said. "In the stacked welterweight division these are two ranked fighters, both in the prime of their careers, looking to make their mark. Dmitry continues to impress us as he has quietly worked his way through the ranks of the division. He is willing to stand and trade punches with anyone and has proven on numerous occasions that with his high punch output he's ready for anything."