In less than two weeks the famous Georgian middleweight Avtandil “Tornado” Khurtsidze (22-2-2, 13 KOs) will challenge the vacant world title according to IBO. The last owner of this belt was one of the strongest middleweights from USA, Peter Manfredo Jr. (37-6-0, 20 KOs), but recently he decided to renounce his title.
Battle with the best fighter in the history of Georgia's professional boxing will be a major event is unprecedented for Georgia's boxing show to be held on March 12 in Tbilisi sponsored by a Kiev promotional company "Elite Boxing Promotion". At the moment, Khurtsidze is in full swing preparation for the upcoming battle in the boxing hall of the sports complex" FreeStyle "under the guidance of his coach Andrei Sinepupov. The last time “Tornado” went into the ring was in France in autumn, when in a duel for the vacant "interim" champion of the WBA middleweight title he suffered a controversial defeat based on judges’ decision from a local favorite Hassan N'Dama N'Zhikama (25-0-0, 17 KOs). Taking into account the ambiguity of the verdict and the fact that after the fight has been held mandatory in such cases, doping control, the leadership of the World Boxing Association (WBA) has decided to retain the top spot in their middleweights rating to Avtandil Khurtsidze.
For the preliminary match of the boxing show in Tbilisi a promising Ukrainian boxer welterweight Victor Postol (12-0-0, 8 KOs) is selected, who also, as Khurtsidze, represents " Elite Boxing Promotion ". Postol will need to hold a 10-round battle against a fighter who by far exceeds the class all his previous opponents.
Names of Khurtsidze’s and Postol’s rivals will be officially announced in the coming days.