Beterbiev, Koelling fight cancelled

By Daily Sports on July 20, 2017

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Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev will not be battling it out on July 29th with Enrico Koelling in an IBF light heavyweight title eliminator. The two fighters were supposed to face each other to see which of the two would be IBF champion Andre Ward’s mandatory challenger for that belt.

That’s not to say that the winner of the Beterbiev-Koelling would actually get a fight against Ward, as he’s expected to move up in weight to cruiserweight or heavyweight.

Beterbiev vs. Koelling was supposed to be taking place on the Adien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia card on 7/29 on Showtime Championship Boxing. It would have been a great addition to the card.

Beterbiev’s promoter Yvon Michel says the Russian fighter couldn’t get a visa to enter into the U.S. Michel said this to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com:“The fight was placed on the July 29 event in New York, but Beterbiev’s visa entry for USA was denied,” Michel said to ESPN.com. “We have requested revision, and it was still denied. We then decided to contact the IBF and cancelled the fight. Most likely the IBF will reschedule the purse bid.”

There is a chance that the International Boxing Federation will schedule a purse bid for the Beterbiev vs. Koelling fight, but that does not mean that the fight will take place. The hard hitting 32-year-old Beterbiev is saying that his promotional contract with his promoter Yvon Michel has already run out and he’s looking to end the contract through the legal process.

•Photo shows Artur Beterbiev.

Source Daily Sports

Posted July 20, 2017

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