HOPKINS-MURAT BROOKLYN CARD CANCELLED
Press Release: Due to Karo Murat having difficulties obtaining a visa from the United States Department of State, and his subsequent inability to enter the United States, the July 13th card featuring Murat against IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York has been cancelled. "This is an extremely disappointing development as we were anticipating Bernard making history once again on July 13 at Barclays Center," said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. "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."
Hopkins added, "I'm extremely disappointed about the fight being cancelled," said Hopkins. "I was already in the gym, sparring and preparing for the fight, but things happen. I know Richard Schaefer and the staff at Golden Boy Promotions are already working on something bigger and better. I stay in shape so being ready is never a problem and I look forward to whatever fight is made for me in the near future."
Murat, speaking from his training camp in Mallorca, Spain stated, "Obviously I'm very disappointed as I have been in training for almost three months now, but I understand that my promoter's representative, Chris Meyer, is in talks with Richard Schaefer to discuss possible alternatives."