Beterbiev-Mikhalkin Now in Play For IBF Eliminator

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-12-2015

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;16127443]We all know Stevenson vs Kovalev won't happen..why haven't we heard anything about Beiterbiev being an opponent in the near future? We all know they're trying to get Beiterbiev lined up as a mandatory for Kovalev so they can go…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-12-2015

Damn. Beterbiev had tried to get something lined up with 1/3+ of the guys ranked at this point. F#cking fight already. Someone, anyone lol.

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 10-12-2015

We all know Stevenson vs Kovalev won't happen..why haven't we heard anything about Beiterbiev being an opponent in the near future? We all know they're trying to get Beiterbiev lined up as a mandatory for Kovalev so they can go…

Comment by sacraman on 10-12-2015

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;16127099]should've just accepted the kovalev offer tbh[/QUOTE] More money down the road when It will happen. Only valuable reason.

Comment by Hougigo on 10-12-2015

[QUOTE=ramplamp;16127047]was Murat rejected as a possible opponent? Not that I care, just remember reading it was going to be him. I wanted Sullivan Barrera but I knew Yvon and Al wouldn't deal openly with Main Events[/QUOTE] Further down the article,…

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