Earlier today Showtime Sports sent out a press release announcing that the IBF "interim" Welterweight title bout between unbeaten Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and Kazakh born Russian Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец] has had to be cancelled.
The bout, which was originally expected much earlier in the year, has been one of the most frustrating on again, off again, saga's in professional bout this year. It was first eyed for the Spring, was then rescheduled later in year, then set for October 10th. That date had to be pushed back when Kudratillo ran in to issues getting a visa.
He had seemingly sorted those issues, with Showtime agreeing to push the bout back for 2 weeks, to October 24th, but issues with visa's have continued, ruling the Uzbek out of the fight.
As a result Lipinets will now be facing Canadian fighter Custio Clayton (18-0, 12), for the IBF "interim" Welterweight title, with Clayton stepping in at short notice.
On one hand it's a shame that Kudratillo has had so many issues in regards to this bout, but on the other hand having Clayton as the replacement could end up being better for fans, with a Clayton Vs Lipinets bout likely to be an absolute thriller. From a neutral standpoint the replacement bout might actually be a better bout to watch than the originally scheduled one.
Earlier today Uzbek sports neews website Olamsports reported that unbeaten Uzbek fighter Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] has began his long journey to the US!
The unbeaten world title contender has flown to Malaysia, and will head from Malaysia to the US for his now delayed bout with Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец].
According to previous reports from Steve Kim at ESPN the plan now is to re-arrange the the Abdukakhorov Vs Lipinets bout for October 24th. The bout was originally held up by the Uzbek having his visa application held up in Uzbekistan. This prevent him from starting his journey to the US for the bout, with the situation only being solved late last week. By that point it was far, far too late for him to get into the US and to quarantine.
The new date, October 24th, has also been confirmed by Olamsport.
Earlier this week it was confirmed that the bout between Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец] had to be postponed from it's October 10th date. Thankfully it appears that the delay to the bout may not be all that, in fact according to Steve Kim at ESPN the bout, or more exactly the entire show, will be moved from October 10th to October 24th.
Essentially that would see the show being pushed back 2 weeks and fill in a gap that was created earlier this week, when the bout between Leo Santa Cruz and Gervonta Davis was pushed back a week, to allow fans into attendance, with that show moving from October 24th to October 31st..
The bout was postponed after Abdukakhorov had visa issues, due to a delay in processing his application. That delay made it impossible for Abdukakhorov to arrive in the US in time to do a 14 day quarantine. Now however it appears the visa problems have been sorted out and Abdukakhorov will arrive with time to isolate in the US for 2 weeks before the bout.
At the moment it's unclear if the bout will be for the IBF interim title, as originally set, or would merely be a world title eliminator, to face the winner of Errol Spence Vs Danny Garcia, who clash on November 21st.
If the bout does indeed take place on October 24th it will be just over a year out of the ring for Abdukakhorov, who last fought on October 18th 2019, when he beat Luis Collazo. As for Lipinets we haven't seen him in action since July 2019, when he blasted out Jayar Inson, and he's not had a genuinely tough bout since March 2019, when he beat Lamont Peterson, in what was a brilliant bout. It's going to be interesting how 19 he's going to look 19 months removed from his last meaningful bout.
Steve Kim's article for ESPN regarding the date change can be read here.
Earlier today it was confirmed that the October 10th bout between Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and former world champion Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец] has had to be postponed due to visa issues.
The race for Abdukakhorov to secure a visa was known about in mid-September, though the hope was that they could get it sorted in time for him to arrive in the US and have his 2 week quarantine period. Sadly however issues have prevented the Uzbek from securing the visa he needed in time.
At the moment the bout is only "postponed" and not cancelled, though a date and venue hasn't yet been determined for the bout going forward.
Unfortunately the issues that have arisen here do, at least somewhat, prove the difficulty of having international fighters travelling from one country to another for a bout. Hopefully, going forward, we won't see visa issues forcing any more cancellations. Sadly however this isn't the first.
According to the reliable Olamsport.com there is a potential issue with the scheduled October 10th bout between Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] and former world champion Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12) [Сергей Липинец], which will be for the IBF "interim" Welterweight title.
The bout, which is around 4 weeks away, could end up hitting a snag due to Abdukakhorov having some issues in getting a visa, due to delays with the US Embassy in Uzbekistan.
The talented Uzbek is still in Tashkent, where he's currently training. The plan, as is always the case, is to get over from one country to another with plenty of time to acclimatise to the conditions. Sadly however the issues with his visa are holding up Abdukakhorov's departure from his home.
If the delay continues the bout is likely to be postponed and rescheduled for November.
The fighter gave comments to Olamsport about the situation and explained:
"Currently, I am training in Tashkent.
The visa issue should be resolved within 2-3 days, otherwise the fight will be postponed to November.
Top Rank has also been informed about this.
In 2-3 days the US embassy will open and if we get a visa, I will go to the ocean. Otherwise, my fight will be postponed to November" [Translated]
If the bout does end up being delayed both men will have been out of action for more than a year. Lipinets has been out of the ring since July 2019, when he beat late replacement Jayar Inson, and Abdukakhorov hasn't fought since his October 2019 win over Luis Collazo.
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