Longtime IBF mandatory light heavyweight challenger Karo Murat says he has been approved for a U.S. visa, just six days after Golden Boy Promotions pulled the plug on his scheduled July 13 title shot against IBF world champion Bernard Hopkins. “I am very relieved,” Murat told BILD. “I have my passport and can pick up my visa in the next few days.”
Unfortunately for Murat, the IBF has already ordered Hopkins to face Sergey Kovalev in his next defense. When Hopkins-Murat was cancelled last Friday, Golden Boy issued a statement saying the “the administrative process that would have to be undertaken in order for Murat’s visa petition to be reconsidered takes longer than six months.”
Team Sauerland is now trying to get Murat back into the picture.