"I'm the happiest inmate here." US jailed Khurtsidze for links with Russian mafia, now boxer thanks fans
According to the information the FBI obtained, the famous boxer has repeatedly got involved in beatings of racket victims.
Former WBO world boxing champion Avtandil Khurtsidze, who is now in a US jail for belonging to the criminal group led by the thief in law Razhden Shulaya, thanked his fans in other countries for their support.
"I want to thank all my fans who are in Turkey, Ukraine and America. I am happy that you express your love and support. I would not wish jail to anyone, including myself, but I think it was worth it since now I feel all this love and warmth. I might be the happiest inmate here," Khurtsidze had written in a letter his friend Merab Dvalishvili posted on Facebook.
According to Khurtsidze, he is a role model for at least 100 prisoners who started boxing, too.
We should remind that the former WBO interim world champion Avtandil Khurtsidze (aka Chakucha and Tornado) was detained along with 27 members of a criminal syndicate in the US in the middle of last month.
According to the Prosecutor's Office of New York Southern District, Khurtsidze, who has spent in the United States a long time, was engaged in extortion together with the gang led by Russian thief in law Razhden Shulaya (Brat, Razhden Pitersky). In particular, according to secret FBI informers, whose efforts led to elimination of the gang, Khurtsidze was personally involved in beatings of debtors. The boxer himself says his imprisonment is a misunderstanding because he is innocent.
Meanwhile, the American court left him in custody despite the battle with Billy Joe Saunders scheduled for July 8 for the champion title. The battle subsequently was canceled, which led to Khurtsidze being stripped of his WBO champion title. It is worth noting that another famous Georgian athlete was detained with the mobsters, MMA fighter Levan Makashvili, but he was released on bail.
We shall remind that Khurtsidze and 32 other members of the criminal syndicate led by the thief in law Razhden Pitersky are charged with a number of crimes: fraud and extortion as part of an organized group, trafficking in drugs and weapons, thefts, robberies and murders for hire.