Ukrainian welterweight boxer Taras Shelestyuk (19-0-1, 13 KOs) commented on the cancellation of the fight against the IBO world champion Daniyar Yeleusinov (11-0, 6 KOs) from Kazakhstan.
"The fight with Daniyar will not take place - because Yeleusinov refused the fight. I was ready for the fight in December and our teams started negotiations - and then I received a text message from his team that Daniyar will not box with me."
"Why did you refuse? Apparently, Daniyar still wants to keep the belt, so he refused the fight. Although I was already hoping to meet the new year in the rank of IBO world champion."
We will remind that Shelestyuk also planned to hold a second fight against Gabriel Maestro (4-0-1, 3 KOs). In March of this year, the eliminator fight according to the WBA version between the Ukrainian and the representative of Venezuela ended in a draw.
Shelestyuk's representatives are also considering the option of organizing a fight against the British Conor Benn (21-0, 14 KOs) or the American Virgil Ortiz Jr. (18-0, 18 KOs).
Shelestyuk is the bronze medalist of the 2012 Olympics, the world champion among amateurs in 2011 and the bronze medalist of the European Championship in 2010. He has been performing in the professional ring since 2013.