Thursday, July 27, 2017

Boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze - Russian Crime Syndicate

Billy Joe Saunders' WBO middleweight title defence against Georgia's Avtandil Khurtsidze was cancelled after the challenger was arrested amid alleged links with organised crime. The pair had been scheduled to fight on July 8 at London's Copper Box Arena, but prosecutors in New York revealed that 33 members and associates of a Russian crime syndicate, including Khurtsidze, had been arrested. The charges involved are for racketeering, extortion, robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy, fraud, narcotics, and firearms offences.