Avtandil Khurtsidze-Nobuhiro Ishida, WBC Belt on 12/17

By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev

It’s on. Former WBA (interim) light middleweight titleholder Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KOs), who acclaimed international fame after vaporizing highly regarded James Kirkland in just a round, will try to repeat this trick against possibly a harder opponent. On Dec. 17 in Zaporizhyya, Ukraine, the lanky (6’1’’) Japanese stylist will clash his horns with 5’4’’ Gerogian bomber Avtandil “Tornado” Khurtsidze (26-2-2, 17 KOs). The vacant WBC Silver 160lb belt will be at stake in the main event of the show, being arranged by Elite Boxing Promotions.

32-year old Khurtsidze, ranked #10 by the IBF and #12 by the WBO, is also the IBO middleweight champion. Best known for his spirited albeit unsuccessful (duibiously) recent outing against undefeated Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Khurtsidze has annihilated both Jason LeHoullier and Dionisio Miranda in less than three rounds in his most recent outings.

WBO #9 and WBC #11 ranked Japanese Ishida is thriving after a rocky start (7-4-1 in the first twelve bouts) his career. His positive resume includes world-ranked opponents Marco Antonio Avendano (twice) and Javier Alberto Mamani, and he has also defeated capable local rival Akira Ohigashi early in his career.

In co-featured bout of the evening, Samara-based Armenian Karen Tevosyan (19-3-3, 10 KOs) will test unbeaten local stylist Victor Postol (15-0, 8 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBC International light welterweight Silver title. Local cruiserweight prospect Dmytro Kucher (13-0, 10 KOs) and Russian hopeful Marat Kulumbegov (3-0, 2 KOs) will be featured in the undercard of the show.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Khmelnytsky on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;11354487]What the hell is a 5'4 midget doing in middleweight!?[/QUOTE] He's a little Tyson. What was Qawi doing at CW? If Khurtsidze wins he'll be mandatoy for Chavez i think. I doubt Chavez will still have the belt which is…

Comment by Alec900 on 11-01-2011

it was close but I think khurtsidze pulled it off.ok maybe not a robbery,but certainly a gift. and you can hear the boos at 9:50 and so on

Comment by UglyPug on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=Alec900;11356605]he's build like a tank [IMG][/IMG] [IMG][/IMG] [IMG][/IMG] [IMG][/IMG] he was robbed in France against N'Dam N'Jikam,even the home crowd was booing for the decision. tornado shall wipe out the kirkland killer[/QUOTE] nice pictures. . . dude is a LITTLE…

Comment by Alec900 on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=AmeriFil;11354938]Brothers, what the hell? 5'4? Seriously, it has to be an error because it should say at least 6'4. 154 lbs for a 6'4? I don't know but if I was 5'4 I wouldn't weigh 154 lbs. Also, why didn't…

Comment by UglyPug on 10-31-2011

[QUOTE=tostao;11356137]this fight will never happen , Ishida is smart guy and old enought to understand he has nothing lost in ukraine . He will never get fair decision there .[/QUOTE] ishida doesn't care - if the money's right, he'll go…

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