On June 21st in a IBF light heavyweight elimination bout at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Anatoliy Dudchenko, 19-3 (13), of the Ukraine now out of L.A. fought Nadjib Mohammadi, 34-3 (20), of France with the winner to fight IBF/WBA champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins.
Little happened in the 1st round and it wasn’t until about the 3rd round some real contact came about between both fighters. It was quite noticeable by the 4th round that Dudchenko seemed listless. It reminded me of when Wladimir Klitschko lost to Lamon Brewster. Klitschko even had blood work done after that fight to try to find out why he seemed to have nothing after a short period.
In contacting Dudchenko’s trainer Jesse Reid, Sr. 6 days later (in PA writers are not permitted to go into the dressing rooms to ask the boxers questions) Reid informed me that “it wasn’t the real Dudchenko that night in Wilkes-Barre”. From the pre-weigh-in the night before until the next day fight day weigh-in Dudchenko only gained 1 pound. Some boxers can gain over 10 pounds.
“Anatoliy (Dudchenko) only gained 1 pound overnight. He is a vegetarian and would not say anything until he was in the ring that he felt listless and injured a hand in the 1st round. I’m sure he will be fighting in the cruiserweight division after the loss. I hope Main Events (his promoter) doesn’t give up on him,” said Reid.
Though Muhammedi won during the 7th round he wasn’t impressive for this writer to think he would be a threat to Hopkins or the other 2 champions.
Reid is in the World HOF located in CA but not in the IBHOF in NY where he also belongs. His son Jesse Jr. assist’s him.