MURAT VISA DENIAL WIPES OUT FIGHT WITH HOPKINS

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NEW YORK: Bernard Hopkins, the oldest boxer to win a major world title, will not defend his light-heavyweight crown in July against Karo Murat because the German has been denied a US visa, promoters said on Friday. Hopkins, who took the International Boxing Federation title at age 48 last March with a victory over Tavoris Cloud to break his own age mark by nearly two years, was to have faced mandatory challenger Murat on July 13 in Brooklyn. But Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said the US State Department had declared Murat ineligible to receive a US entry visa and thus cannot fight in New York, so the entire fight card has been cancelled.

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