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Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat Off Due To Visa Issues

By Rick Reeno

Bernard Hopkins (53-6, 32KOs) vs. Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15KOs), which was scheduled to headline a Showtime televised card on July 13th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York - is off due to visa issues. Malik Chambers, a member of Hopkins' training team, confirmed the information to BoxingScene.com.

"Bernard was training hard. He's very disappointed, but we're being told that Murat is having visa issues and he's unable to get in the country," Chambers told BoxingScene.com.

Details are sketchy at the moment, but one source indicates to BoxingScene that Hopkins will likely return on a date in September – but not against Murat, the current mandatory challenger to Hopkins’ IBF light heavyweight crown. Hopkins apparently wants to move forward with his plan to have a fall unification fight with one of the other current titleholders - Adonis Stevenson, Nathan Cleverly and Beibut Shumenov.

Editor's Note: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer tells BoxingScene that Murat has launched an appeal over his visa denial but the process will take quite a while and as a result the card is canceled.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by liuj88 on 06-15-2013

So, if Hopkins won't fight his mandatory, whether or not the visa-problem excuse is legitimate, shouldn't the IBF strip him of his title?

Comment by BostonGuy on 06-14-2013

In typical GBP Dick Schafer fashion the cvnts scrapped the bill instead of finding a late replacement. These guys are so risk averse that they routinely cancel fights instead of finding replacements.

Comment by cupocity303 on 06-14-2013

[QUOTE=Arsene Knows;13471035]As soon as Stevenson landed that left hand, you can bet your life Bernard was jumping out his seat to call Schaefer[/QUOTE] [IMG]http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/.element/img/4.0/global/swapper/201105/110519.07.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by cupocity303 on 06-14-2013

[QUOTE=Freedom2013;13470770]Hopkins should go overseas to fight Murat.[/QUOTE] [SIZE="3"]No, he really shouldn't. This is a win-win situation. [/SIZE]

Comment by cupocity303 on 06-14-2013

[QUOTE=Davis40;13470516]Lol That is BS Hopkins want Stevenson thats all the is.[/QUOTE] [SIZE="3"] I can ONLY HOPE that this is the case.[/SIZE]

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