By Gregory Stangrit, Allboxing.ru
A few days ago, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) took away the middleweight title from Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15KOs). His championship position was taken by 28-year-old French boxer, Hassan N’Dam N’jikam, who until now was promoted as the interim champion. N'Jikam will now defend his title against undefeated Peter Quillin on October 20th in Brooklyn, New York.
Pirog was stripped of the title after going against the WBO's ordere to fight N'Jikam - and instead accepting a deal to face IBO/WBA "regular" king Gennady Golovkin. Before the fight could take place, Pirog suffered an injury and withdrew from the fight.
"What happened is what happened. I've been anticipating this, because the WBO never showed any loyalty in my direction. Indeed, I always felt that I was unwanted. What happened — naturally, was on the basis of the situation which evolved during my tenure, and WBO has now openly demonstrated the relevance of their title. But life does not stop, and I'm going to move on. The most important thing for me is to recover from my injury. I feel much better and I'm planning to arrive on the 8th of September for a fight in Moscow [Klitschko vs. Charr]," Pirog said.