Bernard Hopkins' July title defense cancelled

Posted: June 16, 2013

NEW YORK - Bernard Hopkins' defense next month of his IBF light-heavyweight title against Germany's Karo Murat has been canceled because Murat could not get a visa from the State Department.

The reasons Murat was denied were not announced.

The 29-year-old Murat, the second-ranked light heavyweight, was training in Spain when he was told Friday that the July 13 bout was off. The fight was scheduled for Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

The 48-year-old Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs), the oldest boxer to win a championship, said he was "extremely disappointed."

"I was already in the gym, sparring and preparing for the fight - but things happen."

"Since the administrative process that would have to be undertaken in order for Murat's visa petition to be reconsidered takes longer than six months, we're exploring several options with respect to Bernard's next fight," Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told ESPN.

Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) indicated that his promoter is in talks with Golden Boy to "discuss possible alternatives."

Ticket refunds will be made at the oint of purchase.

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