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Barrera-Mikhalkin To Be Ordered For IBF Eliminator

By Carlos Boogs

Earlier today it was announced that Artur Beterbiev had withdrawn from a November 28th IBF light heavyweight eliminator against Igor Mikhalkin.

The fight was scheduled to determine the organization's mandatory challenger for
IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

Beterbiev-Mikhalkin would have been part of a Showtime televised tripleheader from Quebec City, headlined by James DeGale defending his 168 pound title against Lucian Bute.

BoxingScene.com has been advised that the IBF will likely reinstate undefeated Cuban Sullivan Barrera (16-0) and place him in Beterbiev's position. Sullivan was ordered to face Beterbiev last month but had to withdrawal because he couldn't legally travel to Canada.

According to our sources the Barrera-Mikhalkin fight will likely take place on December 12th on an HBO Latino card at a venue to be determined in the United States.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Hammer on 10-21-2015

[QUOTE=285Kid;16153647]WTH now Beterbiev is out of the mandatory fight with the IBF champion?[/QUOTE]Yes. Beterbiev will not be Kovalev's IBF mandatory, at least not in 2016.

Comment by Weebler I on 10-21-2015

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;16153657]Not sure about this... ... If the "Russians" would be interested, they could have been entered the purse bid for Stevenson-Kovalev also... Which I'm not aware is likely to happen.[/QUOTE] Maybe, but they don't know Stevenson, they know Beterbiev &…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-21-2015

[QUOTE=Weebler I;16153618][B]Is Beterbiev genuinely injured? or did PBC just not fancy the purse bid situation knowing the Russians would be interested?[/B] Kudos to the IBF for moving on anyway, haven't watched Mikhalkin, but I did think it would eventually come…

Comment by 285Kid on 10-21-2015

WTH now Beterbiev is out of the mandatory fight with the IBF champion?

Comment by Weebler I on 10-21-2015

Is Beterbiev genuinely injured? or did PBC just not fancy the purse bid situation knowing the Russians would be interested? Kudos to the IBF for moving on anyway, haven't watched Mikhalkin, but I did think it would eventually come down…

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