Egorov reacts to cancellation of last-minute fight with Arsen Gulamirian

Last Friday could have been the pinnacle of Alexey Egorov’s professional career – at least at this point. Instead, it turned into a bitter disappointment and some setback for a hard-hitting and rapidly growing prospect.

Russia’s No.2 WBA ranked cruiserweight should have fought defending WBA Champion Arsen Goulamirian (26-0, 18 KOs) in one of those title matches between two underrated (and undefeated) fighters, which generally and unfairly goes slightly under the radar.

The fight was designed to cap the first of a two-day monster event, hosted in Yekaterinburg, Russia, by RCC Boxing Promotions with help from Egorov’s own promoter, World of Boxing.

The fight was called off with just an hour before the fight, when Goulamirian’s latest COVID-19 test came back positive. The cancellation means the France-based Armenian will most likely have two years of inactivity, while Egorov was last seen in the ring in March 2020.

Egorov (11-0, 7 KOs) expressed his disappointment with the cancellation via the World of Boxing Instagram shortly after the bitter news broke:

“I didn’t have any specific ideas on this at the time. It’s like that. i should take it [the situation] Therefore. I am disappointed that this has happened. I’ve come such a long way to the title fight. It’s the highlight of my entire professional career – fighting for one of the major titles, to get that belt. I was absolutely ready for this fight; my team had done a hell of a job. But these things happen. Unfortunately, I cannot affect the situation, but this situation does affect me, “Egorov said.

“I will continue to work and prepare for my next fights. I was ready to go all out and do my best. It’s not my fault that this competition was canceled, ”added the Russian.