Monday, June 4, 2018
Put Up Your Dukes. . .Or Not. I Love You. (GIF Spotlight)
Top shelf middleweight Billy Joe Saunders has a priceless moment during a presser with Avtandil Khurtsidze. He tries to get his opponent to put up his dukes, which provokes a calm battle of wills, with Khurtsidze refusing to obey. The psychological combat was broken only by Saunders humourously hugging him for taking his stand. Frank Warren gets a grand chuckle out of it, as does Andre Rozier, off camera, who was going to be in Khurtsidze's corner. Saunders was slated to fight this rough customer in 2017.
The fight was scuttled because Khurtsidze (of Georgia) is such a rough customer that before the fight could happen, he and 32 other members and associates of a Russian crime syndicate, allegedly, were arrested for racketeering, extortion, robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy, fraud, narcotics and firearm offenses. He faces 40 years for being something of an enforcer, if they convict him. He isn't a tall man, but he decides exactly when and where to put up his own dukes, and that makes any man dangerous.
Work that bag,
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