Ryad Merhy May Move Up in Weight, Fight With Makabu is Now Off

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WBA cruiserweight king Ryad Merhy (30-1) could be heading up to higher ground. The boxer revealed on social media that he is contemplating a move to bridgerweight due to problems making the division’s weight limit of 200-pounds.

The World Boxing Council (WBC) formed the bridgerweight class, which its between cruiser and heavyweight.

However, the boxer’s promoter, Alain Vanackere ,says they are still looking for a showdown against WBA ‘super’ champ Arsen Goulamirian (26-0) – which was recently ordered the WBA to consolidate their cruiserweight belts.

There’s also been a fight announced against between Merhy and WBC cruiserweight Ilunga Makabu, for September 30 in Kinshasa (Congo), but that is apparently now off.

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The EBU has now set the date of September 6 as the deadline for the rematch between Danish boxer Enock Poulsen (12-0) and Frenchman Franck Petitjean (23-6-2).

Poulsen won a unanimous decision when they fought back in April but the EBU ordered an immediate rematch mainly due to paragraph 16:9, which states that if a boxer injures himself he loses by TKO – in this case the Dane dislocated his shoulder but received some quick treatment from his cornermen who put the shoulder back in place and the fight was on again after a short break.

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