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Team N'Dam: No Reason For Pirog To Avoid France Bout

By Kamel Messani

On May 8th, the World Boxing Organization ordered the camps of full champion Dmitry Pirog and interim-king Hassan N'Dam to reach a deal by May 28th for the middleweight world championship.

French Promoter Sébastien Acariès, who takes care of N’Dam, declared:

“Negotiations have already started, I have made an offer to the Pirog team. I hope that we can find an agreement, interesting for the fans and satisfying for both sides. I am deeply determined to bring the fight to France, where this boxing event is highly expected”

On May 16th, Kiril Pchilnikov, the co-promoter of Dmitry Pirog declared:

“We are not unfounded in concerns about the impartiality of the judges. The scoring in N’dams fight for the interim-WBA title, where Avtandil Khurtsidze beat the French fighter, and not vice versa, is well documented by the scorecards which were in favor of Hassan N’dam.”

Sébastien Acariès, was very surprised with the comments, because the judges will be neutral officials appointed by the WBO and that should clear up any concerns with the local judging.

"Team Pirog should not fear the judges and respect them and their work, since the WBO judges are neutrals. It is an insult to the World Boxing Organization to think that there could be concerns regarding their impartiality. The WBO have always considered scoring as an important matter and always take precautions."

"Moreover my family has been involved with boxing promotions for three generations, and therefore I will not accept any disrespectful comments regarding the manner to do my job correctly. France has never been a land of bad decisions or corruption."

"The higher justice is proved by the number of local fights where there were unexpected decisions in such a manner that even their opponents were surprised. For example Julien Lorcy, who deserved the win for the WBO super featherweight belt against Castillo, and saw his fight declared a draw or even Bernard Inom who deserved the win against Andrea Sarritzu in a WBO title eliminator and gets a draw."

"Furthermore, regarding the interim-WBA title fight, Hassan N’Dam won the fight against Avtandil Khurtsidze. It was a really close decision but my fighter deserved the win, no doubt”.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by perfect jet on 05-20-2012

Pirog is an exceptionally gifted fighter. He is hard to hit, and he works the body and head equally well. Every punch is crisp, not huge power, but technically very good and he breaks guys down. Pirog puts tremendous pressure…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-19-2012

Pirog just needs to finally fight someone good.

Comment by KnockUTheFukOut on 05-19-2012

don't care where the fight is, as long as they fight!

Comment by Hougigo on 05-19-2012

WTF... if he wants to go there then fine.... but if he doesn't then it's either Russia or neutral. If N'dam doesn't like it.... tough titties.

Comment by GGG Golovkin on 05-19-2012

It should either be a neutral territory or Russia. Why in hell Pirog, who is the champion, would go to France to defend his title? It's the challenger who is supposed to travel to the champion's homeland. But I do…

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