Georgian boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze, the holder of the belt WBO International Middleweight champion, was arrested in the US on charges of involvement in a criminal group, reports the BBC.
The boxer flew to new York to prepare for the battle for the title of world champion under version WBO against Brit Billy Joe Saunders. The duel was to be held in London.
According to media reports, the fight may be cancelled or postponed.
The boxer on his page in Facebook wrote: «Friends, as you know, yesterday, I went to America to begin to prepare for battle on 8 July. Immediately upon arrival in new York has been a very serious misunderstanding. I hope that everything will be decided in the coming hours and I will have the opportunity to continue to prepare for the fight with Saunders».
Georgian edition Sputnik reports that the name of the Challenger for the world title appeared in the list of 33 people allegedly affiliated with the «thief in law» Razhdenes Sula.
Arrested face charges of «Conspiracy to commit contract murder», «Extortion», «Fraud», «Theft».