Avtandil Khurtsidze vs Tommy Langford
BY KID HERSH
Avtandil Khurtsidze (32-2-2, 21KO's) vs Tommy Langford (18-0, 6KO's). This fight was an interesting one, with Khurtsidze seeming completely unbothered by anything Langford threw at him as he waded inside looking to land big punches. Langford was doing ok in spurts until in the fifth round he got caught with a left hand from Khurtsidze that put him down and out. It did not seem like a fight ending punch but it proved to be.
This would be the last fight of Khurtsidze, who was apprehended by authorities in New York for a slew of racketeering charges that even culminated with potential murder. Quite the rap sheet thrown at him. At the time this is written he has not stood trial but it is doubtful that the 37 year old will ever enter the ring again; if even one charge sticks with the book they are throwing at him his career is likely over. Would make for an interesting story some day...