Hill to fight Brudov for WBA cruiserweight title

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Virgil Hill is scheduled to fight unbeaten Valery Brudov of Russia for the WBA's vacant cruiserweight championship at the end of the month, his manager says.

Hill (49-5) will take on Brudov (30-0) on Sept. 30, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis.

Hill, 41, has not fought since dropping a 12-round decision to Jean-Marc Mormeck on May 22, 2004. He has won the WBA light heavyweight title twice and its cruiserweight title once.

Mormeck beat Hill for the WBA cruiserweight belt in 2002, and defeated Hill in the rematch two years later.

After Mormeck also won the WBC title from Wayne Braithwaite this April, the WBA promoted him to "super champion"' status and created a "regular" WBA title. That title will be at stake when Hill faces Brudov.

"They still call them world titles," said Bill Sorensen, Hill's manager. "What has happened is that when guys win more than one title, it's hard for them to face all their [mandatory challengers]. Whoever wins will probably fight Mormeck soon."

The Brudov fight has been in the works for months. Sorensen said haggling over the site -- the Hill camp didn't want it in France, where Brudov is now based -- led to a second purse bid, which Don King won.

Sorensen said the bid was for $200,000, which the fighters will split. He said Hill's purse could be larger, depending on other options.

Brudov has 23 knockouts, but has fought only in Russia and France. His last fight was a first-round knockout of Rogerio Cacciatore on April 29.

"He's young and hungry and a big puncher," Sorensen said.

"He's tough -- a typical European or Russian fighter -- very straight ahead. I don't think he's as good as Mormeck."

Hill has been training in Florida with Buddy McGirt and will conclude training in Las Vegas with Thel Torrence, Sorensen said.

"He's pretty healthy and in good shape," Sorensen said.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com