WBC Silver super middleweight champion Azizbek Abdugafurov (13-0, 7KOs) and WBO International, British Commonwealth belt holder Lerron Richards (13-0, 3KOs) was under negotiations. The fight was then postponed due to a pandemic and as a result Lerrone Richards was scheduled to fight Umar Sadiq (10-2, 6KO) on July 10th. However, the fight was postponed and Umar Sadiq accepted the fight against WBA Gold super middleweight champion Russian Fedor Chudinov (23-2, 16KOs) and lost by technical knockout.
Recently, Willy Hutchinson (13-0, 9KOs) was named as a mandatory contender for the British Commonwealth title which is owned by Lerrone Richards. On this statement Lerrone posted the picture explaining the situation on his Instagram page.
"As everyone is aware Willy Hutchinson has been mandated for my British title. This would be an exciting fight, however currently I am in preparation to fight for the WBC Silver title against Azizbek Abdugofurov, which was offered to me by Frank Warren in September 2020. I am still waiting for the fight to be announced. Having won the British, Commonwealth and WBO International titles almost a year ago and having climbed to the top of the domestic tree, me and my team wanted to step up to world level and now I have the opportunity to do that.
I value and respect the British title and wanted to defend it, however Umar Sadiq took the fight with Fedor Chudinov, in which I found out from a third party, who sent me the fight poster.
I am currently in training for the WBC ranked number 6, Super Middleweight Azizbek Abdugofurov for the WBC Silver title. " - he commented.