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Artur Beterbiev vs. Enrico Koelling Purse Bid Won By Top Rank

By Luke Furman

According to multiple sources in Canada, Top Rank won the purse bid for the IBF light heavyweight eliminator between Artur Beterbiev and Enrico Koelling on Tuesday.

Top Rank won with a bid of $315,000, easily beating Sauerland Event, the promoter of Koelling, which only $80,000.

Beterbiev's promoter, Yvon Michel of Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), did not take part in the purse bid - due to the ongoing legal situation with the fighter.

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Beterbiev, who is represented by adviser Al Haymon, is trying to break his promotional agreement with Michel, who had the boxer since he turned pro.

A little less than two weeks ago, GYM announced the cancellation of the same fight, which was agreed upon with Koelling's promoter Sauerland. Michel then explained that Beterbiev's visa application to fight in the United States had been refused - which the boxer denied was the case and claimed Michel was refusing to go forward with the fight unless the lawsuit was withdrawn.

In May, the Russian boxer addressed the court to obtain the end of his contract. The case has still not been heard.

Beterbiev and Koelling are expected to compete in October, likely on a card being televised on ESPN.

The winner of the contest would become the mandatory challenger to IBF, WBA, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, who is expected to return to the ring in the fall.

Ward was in action last month at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, when he retained his three titles with an eight round stoppage of former beltholder Sergey Kovalev. The Russian boxer, who Beterbiev holds a win over in the amateurs, recently filed an appeal to overturn the defeat with the Nevada State Athletic Commission - claiming that Ward closed out the fight with numerous low blows.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by killakali on 07-26-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;17889852]Lomachenko already has a fight set that would make such a turnaround unrealistic, Vargas is in a contractual dispute with Top Rank, and I sincerely doubt that Magdaleno goes from third fight on a poor PPV to headlining his own…

Comment by killakali on 07-26-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;17889852]Lomachenko already has a fight set that would make such a turnaround unrealistic, Vargas is in a contractual dispute with Top Rank, and I sincerely doubt that Magdaleno goes from third fight on a poor PPV to headlining his own…

Comment by killakali on 07-26-2017

[QUOTE=mmakilla;17889877]not sure what you are talking about but by the sound of it he must have really emotionally scarred you! I hope your healthcare covers therapist visits... I dont support crackheads....[/QUOTE]u said u love the way Oscar promotes and Floyd's…

Comment by mmakilla on 07-25-2017

[quote=killakali;17889633]i think it was jason shaw but we all called him jacob and now you are on to the 4th or 5th alt. Welcome back bro! Do you still think oscar de la hoya is the best promoter in the…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-25-2017

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;17889228]In case Arum passes away, who is going to handle Top Rank?...[/QUOTE] Todd will step in, Todd doesn't have too many burnt bridges in boxing (I don't think that he and Oscar get along, but that's just rumor on my…

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