Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
The IBF light heavyweight title elimination between Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs) of Sacramento and Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) of New York, scheduled Friday night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, has been postponed to Feb. 4. The culprit is severe weather in Minnesota, impacting travel and some facilities. On the new date, the 12-round bout will shift to the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. The winner between Griffin and Mack, ranked sixth and seventh by the IBF, will become a mandatory challenger for champion Tavoris Cloud.
“It’s OK,” said Griffin of the fight being reset. “It just gives me a little more time to fine-tune my training.” Griffin is on a four-fight win streak, includiing an eighth-round TKO over former super-middle title-holder Byron Mitchell. Mack, meantime, has remained in the title hunt despite losing on a sixth-round TKO to former light heavy champ Glen Johnson early last year.