Ossie Duran Replaces Ishida For Khurtsidze WBC Fight

By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhalchuk

Hard-hitting Kiev-based Georgian Avtandil “Tornado” Khurtsidze (26-2-2, 16 KOs) has a new opponent for his shot at the vacant WBC silver middleweight title. The 32-year old pocket battler will now face experienced Ghanaian veteran Ossie Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) on December 18 in Zaporizhya, Ukraine.

IBF #7 and WBO #12 Khurtsidze, formerly an IBO titlist, was first scheduled to take on lanky Japanese boxer Nobuhiro Ishida, who caught everyone’s attention following his crushing upset win over James Kirkland in April.

However, rumors had it that Ishida was knocked out badly in a sparring session against WBC 154-pound king Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and the WBC refused to sanction the bout as a title fight. Duran, meanwhile, is of the highest durability possible. He has never been stopped and went the distance with a prime Kirkland in 2007.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ИATAS on 11-26-2011

[QUOTE=paulf;11476115]The WBC refused to sanction the fight because of something that went on in sparring? So does that that mean the guy that apparently beat Pacquiao in sparring for his Marquez fight gets his title too? What the **** is…

Comment by Fearless Angel on 11-26-2011

:haha: LOL What a joke!

Comment by paulf on 11-26-2011

The WBC refused to sanction the fight because of something that went on in sparring? So does that that mean the guy that apparently beat Pacquiao in sparring for his Marquez fight gets his title too? What the **** is…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 11-26-2011

He said he took a knee because he wasn't used to the high altitude. Anyway, since when does the WBC have any say based on what goes on in sparring?

Comment by cool-jupiter on 11-26-2011

Poor Ishida... Will he ever be in a spotlight one more time?

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