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Pirog Suffers Back Injury, Withdraws From Golovkin Bout

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com has confirmed that WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15KOs) suffered a back injury in training, which in turn has forced him to withdraw from a highly anticipated unification with IBO/WBA "regular" champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0 20KOs). The fight was scheduled to take place on August 25th with HBO televising.

According to promoter Artie Pelullo, Pirog injured his back while hitting a tire with a sledgehammer - a popular exercise among fighters. Pirog will be out 90 to 120 days.

The HBO card will go forward with Golovkin in the main event, according to Pelullo.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 07-06-2012

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;12308149][B]Chris Mannix [/B]‏@ChrisMannixSI Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, says he approached @GoldenBoyBoxing about @KIDCHOCOLATE replacing Pirog but was turned down. [B]Chris Mannix[/B] ‏@ChrisMannixSI Among the names under consideration for Golovkin: Marco Antonio Rubio and Matthew Macklin[/QUOTE] :lol1:GB wants no part…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-06-2012

[QUOTE=JoeWbbmest311;12307986]He was supposed to fight Ndam, pulled out after he "slipped on ice" then returned 3 weeks after the scheduled date for the ndam fight against Ishida.[/QUOTE] That's how I remember it as well. He claimed he had to postpone…

Comment by HeroBando on 07-06-2012

[QUOTE=JoeWbbmest311;12307986]He was supposed to fight Ndam, pulled out after he "slipped on ice" then returned 3 weeks after the scheduled date for the ndam fight against Ishida. I wonder if we will see him in September against some scrub.[/QUOTE] To…

Comment by Clegg on 07-06-2012

I think they should just postpone the fight if Quillin isn't willing to take it. Not that interested in Macklin and even less interested in Rubio.

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 07-06-2012

[B]Chris Mannix [/B]‏@ChrisMannixSI Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler, says he approached @GoldenBoyBoxing about @KIDCHOCOLATE replacing Pirog but was turned down. [B]Chris Mannix[/B] ‏@ChrisMannixSI Among the names under consideration for Golovkin: Marco Antonio Rubio and Matthew Macklin

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