Bellew was last seen in a losing effort to Adonis Stevenson in November. Bellew was blown away in only six rounds in what was his second attempt at a light heavyweight world title. His first ended in a majority decision loss to Nathan Cleverly two years prior. Bellew will be making his cruiserweight debut when he steps in the ring against Burdov.
Brudov is a natural cruiserweight who has been fighting as a professional since the turn of the millennium. He has twice fought for world titles; his first challenge ended in a loss to Virgil Hill in 2006, and he was turned away by Guillermo Jones in 2010.