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Middleweight boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze sentenced to 10 years in prison for Russian organized crime links

September 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Middleweight boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze sentenced to 10 years in prison for Russian organized crime links

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A federal district court judge in New York sentenced former WBO interim middleweight boxing champion Avtandil Khurtsidze to 10 years in prison on Friday for his role as an “enforcer” for a Russian organized crime syndicate.

The 39-year-old Khurtsidze was scheduled to face current WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders when he was indicted federal prosecutors in April 2017.

The case ultimately forced Avtandil Khurtsidze to pull out of the June 2017 title bout.

The federal indictment had accused Khurtsidze of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act also referred to as the RICO Act along with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Both offenses carried a maximum of 40 years in prison.

According to ESPN, the native of Georgia was convicted in June, along with reputed Russian crime boss Razhden Shulaya, also known as the “Thief-in-law,” for their roles in an ongoing criminal enterprise that operated in the New York, New Jersey tri-state area, Pennsylvania, Nevada and overseas.

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