By Per Ake Persson
According to a press release from EC Boxing, current EBU light heavyweight champion Igor Mikhalkin (17-1) have been accepted by the International Boxing Federation as challenger for an IBF eliminator against Artur Beterbiev (9-0).
Beterbiev returns on November 28th in Quebec as part of a Showtime tripleheader. The event will be headlined by James DeGale defending his IBF super middleweight title against Canadian star Lucian Bute.
Mikhalkin defended the title against Hugo Kasperski this past weekend but is ready to go again and EC Boxing expect the fight vs Beterbiev to go ahead before 2015 ends.
Previously, Mikhalkin´s stablemate Karo Murat had been mentioned as the opponent for Beterbiev, but he is still not fit for a fight of this magnitude after an injury.
Mikhalkin will have to give up the EBU title and here we might see Karo Murat enter the stage. There is currently no official challenger after Oleksandr Cherviak lost to Erik Skoglund in September.