Undefeated Canadian Kevin Bizier has turned down an offer by the IBF to face its welterweight beltholder, Devon Alexander, whose promoter, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer, has informed RingTV.com that he is in search of an opponent for Alexander.
Bizier (20-0, 14 knockouts) had been ordered by the IBF to face Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) after Alexander’s original opponent, England’s Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs), suffered an ankle injury that forced him out of the bout that was scheduled for May 18 as the Showtime-televised co-feature to the Lamont Peterson–Lucas Matthysse fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
But in the following release, issued on Thursday, Bizier’s promoter, Yvon Michel, explained that his fighter was not yet ready for Alexander and, for that reason, was turning down the offer.
Below is the statement, in full:
MONTREAL (April 18, 2013) – Yesterday at noon, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) issued a statement about Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM)-promoted Kevin Bizier being appointed as the new mandatory challenger to IBF world welterweight champion Devon Alexander.
Alexander was scheduled to face his mandatory challenger, Kell Brook, of England, May 18 in Atlantic City on Showtime, but Brook was injured during training and had to withdraw. To ensure Bizier’s presence in Atlantic City to fight Alexander,
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer also contacted the president of GYM, Yvon Michel, offering a very attractive proposition.
“We believe that Kevin Bizier has the talent to become World welterweight champion this year,” said Michel. “We thank the IBF and Golden Boy for the opportunity offered but, unfortunately, we had to decline because Kevin would not have been able to offer a performance, given the current context, at the height of his talent. This is only a postponement.”
Meanwhile, Bizier is currently ranked No. 3 by the IBF and No. 6 by the World Boxing Association (WBA). He is still developing and expected to rise even higher in world rankings. His next fight will take place May 25, as planned, on the Pascal vs. Bute super event in Montreal.
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