One-time middleweight contender Avtandil Khurtsidze has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role as an enforcer for a criminal organization in New York City.
Khurtsidze was sentenced after being convicted in June of one count of racketeering and one count of wire fraud conspiracy.
Khurtsidze, 38 and of Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia, was the enforcer for Razhden Shulaya of the Shulaya Enterprise — a criminal group from the former Soviet Union.
According to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, citing court documents, the Shulaya Enterprise was an organized criminal group operating under the direction and protection of Razhden Shulaya.
Khurtsidze acted as Shulaya’s chief enforcer, a role in which he allegedly engaged in multiple acts of extortion and violence, court documents state.
Khurtsidze was captured on video assaulting others in service of the Shulaya Enterprise twice. He also allegedly participated in recorded acts of extortion of gambling debts and planned additional acts of violence against those he felt disrespected his boss.
Additionally, prosecutors claim that Khurtsidze participated in a scheme to defraud casinos by targeting particular models of electronic slot machines using a complicated algorithm designed to predict the behavior of those machines.
In addition to his decade-long prison term, Khurtsidze was also sentenced to two years of supervised release.
Last year, the tough boxer was on the verge of a mandatory world title shot, when he knocked out Tommy Langford in April to secure a crack at WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders.
But before he was able to get his hands on Saunders, the hard punching Khurtsidze was arrested as a part of a RICO prosecution in connection with Shulaya.