The scheduled high stakes match between Russian fighters Ruslan Fayfer and Alexey Papin has been relocated from Sochi to Kazan, with a new event date of August 22. The final decision was confirmed to TASS by the press service of the Russian Boxing Federation.
The change was made due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Sochi region.
"The show will take place on August 22 in Kazan. This event was supposed to take place on August 15 in Sochi, but due to the changed epidemic situation in the Krasnodar territory, the Russian Boxing Federation decided to postpone the event," the message says.
The winner of the Fayfer-Papin fight will be the mandatory contender for the World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight world title.
On the official record of that 29-year-old Fayfer, are 25 wins (16 by KO), and 1 defeat. The 32-year-old Papin has a record of 11 wins (10 by knockout), and 1 defeat.
IN OTHER NEWS: Sergey Lipinets will have to pass eight COVID-19 tests, prior to the fight with Uzbekistani Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. The manager of the Russian boxer, Alex Weisfeld, informed TASS about the testing schedule.
"The tests will begin a month before the fight. There will be two of them a week," Wesifeld said.
The fight will take place on September 26 in the United States, with the International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title at stake. Showtime will televise the card.
According to Weisfeld, Lipinets is already in the United States.
Lipints has 16 wins (12 by knockout) and one defeat. Abdukakhorov has 17 wins (9 by knockout) and not a single defeat.