Next fight of Avtandil Khurtsidze is not determined yet.
Promoter Lou DiBella commented on the recent news that former middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze was found guilty on two counts - racketeering and wire fraud. Prior to this, DiBella was promoter of Khurtsidze for several fights.
In a move that should come as a surprise to nobody, WBO Interim Middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze was formally stripped of his title on Thursday by the WBO after he was arrested and formally charged by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York for Conspiracy under RICO (18 U.S.C. § 846), a charge that could lead to a sentence of 20-years in federal prison. Khurtsidze was forced to drop out of his July 8th showdown with WBO Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders due to his arrest.
Interim middleweight world titleholder Avtandil Khurtsidze was arrested and indicted Wednesday in New York as part of a federal government roundup of 33 people accused of involvement in a New York-based Russian and Georgian crime syndicate allegedly involved in racketeering, robbery and murder-for-hire, among other illicit activity.
WBO Middleweight World Champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) defeated Irish hero Andy Lee to take the WBO strap in a close and absorbing fight back in December 2015 that saw the undefeated star floor the former Champion twice in the third round and go on to claim a majority decision from the judges. A series of injuries led to a frustrating 2016 for Saunders, but he eventually defended his belt last December against Artur Akavov in Glasgow. Saunders was not at his best, but outpointed the game Russian.
Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was unimpressed with new WBO interim titlist Avtandil Khurtsidze. The 5’4 Brooklyn-based Georgian Khurtsidze stopped British champ Tommy Langford in five rounds to claim the interim belt on Saturday night at the Leicester Arena in Leicester, England, to set up a July clash with Saunders.