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Monday, June 27, 2022

Some Fight Rumblings for Alaverdian and Oknin

Even if boxers have a fight date set, their fights can disappear in a flash. David Alaverdian and Mor Oknin don't even have that, but both revealed on Instagram when they are looking to fight next.

Alaverdian, last seen losing a disputed decision in the European amateur boxing championships in May, said there is potential to fight either in late July or early August. After the judges awarded the decision in his quarterfinal match to his opponent, David retired from amateur boxing.

The European tournament was run by IBA (formerly AIBA). Though it's too late for David, it was recently decided that IBA will be banned from running the boxing tournament in 2024 for the second straight Olympics. This is welcome news as the allegations of corruption made against IBA are lengthy.

Oknin fought most recently in an unsanctioned boxing match in Tel Aviv last month. Trained by Dan Mor- a boxing coach, actor, and diamond dealer- Oknin came away with the victory. He said he hopes to fight in Mexico or on the West Coast in the US in September. He hinted something may come up in Israel in late July.

Both Alaverdian and Oknin are currently in Israel. Unlike heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, neither Israeli super flyweight should have trouble getting into the country. Fury was reportedly denied entry into the United States due to his ties with alleged drug kingpin Daniel Kinahan. Kinahan was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in April. MTK Global, the boxing management and promotional firm he founded with former middleweight Michael Macklin, folded shortly thereafter.

No Jewish boxers have been swept up in the Kinahan scandal, but the ire of Alaverdian's eye, Sunny Edwards, has. Edwards, a beltholder at flyweight, was part of the MTK Global team, often taking to Twitter to vouch for Kinahan. If Alaverdian and Edwards ever do fight down the road, the sun has likely set on it taking place in the U.S.

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