Former Billy Joe Saunders world title challenger Avtandil Khurtsidze stabbed in New York jail

FORMER Billy Joe Saunders world title challenger Avtandil Khurtsidze has been stabbed in a New York jail.

The Georgian fighter has been hospitalised after he was reportedly attacked by a rival gang at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center.

 Avtandil Khurtsidze held the interim WBO middleweight title in 2017

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Avtandil Khurtsidze held the interim WBO middleweight title in 2017

According to Georgia Today, Khurtsidze suffered multiple stab wounds from the incident.

The 39-year-old was scheduled to take on Saunders for the WBO world title in July 2017.

But he was arrested before the bout due to alleged links with organised crime, known as the Shulaya Enterprise.

In June 2018, he was found guilty of racketeering and wire fraud and was remanded in custody.

 The Georgian was due to fight Billy Joe Saunders in 2017

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The Georgian was due to fight Billy Joe Saunders in 2017

And Khurtsidze and Shulaya were attacked while they were waiting to be sentenced.

The source has revealed that the confrontation started with a verbal dispute between Shulaya and a leader of a Colombian prison gang.

It is understood that the former WBO champ got involved to defend his associate.

He was accused of being 'the muscle' behind the Shulaya Enterprise.

 The 39-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds

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The 39-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds

Khurtsidze's crimes have lost him his WBO belt and he is not expected to return to the ring.

The 39-year-old, who will be sentenced later this year, has also lost his Georgian citizenship.

 The fight against Billy Joe Saunders did not go ahead

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The fight against Billy Joe Saunders did not go ahead

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FORMER Billy Joe Saunders world title challenger Avtandil Khurtsidze has been stabbed in a New York jail.