It appears that the cause of death of Borislav Velichkov, on Saturday evening in the ring in Shkoder, Albania, was heart failure.

And apparently this was a pre-existing condition so boxing appears to be on the hook in a big way, as far as the blame to this terrible and tragic accident.

Boris Velichkov passed away on Saturday after collapsing in the first round. It was a delayed reaction after getting tagged by what appeared to be a simple jab at the start of the fight. He impersonated his cousin Iasus Velichkov to secure the fight, and his true identity was later discovered.  

Velichkov himself, his cousin Iasus who lent him his license, and their trainer who knew about it, bear a heavy responsibility.

But the fact that one no-one detected that the fighter in the ring was an impostor for at least a year and over the course of eight fights means several people inside professional boxing have done a very bad job.

The license should have a photo and that must be checked with what the individual's ID cards shows. In the case of the Velichokv cousins, they were not lookalikes. Boris Velichkov had two recorded fights in Bulgaria and three in Italy so some people in supervising positions have messed up good.

Then again, to put a stop to a fight at the four or six round level, on a small show with a tight budget, is not easy and that might explain some of this but not everything.

Speaking of ring safety, Brazilian heavyweight Irineo Beato Costa Jr was knocked out in the first round September 14 in Berlin (Germany) by Hussein Muhamed. On September 19 Costa Jr was in Grozny (Russia) and was knocked out again - and again in the first round, this time by a debutant named Abdul-Kerim Edilov,

Irineo, 19-10, is big, strong, looks the part, has a decent record built up at home, has gloves, is willing to travel and is thus a popular opponent and has names like David Price, Dillian Whyte, Otto Wallin and Joseph Parker on his record.


Somebody´s O gotta go October 12 in Hillerod (Denmark) when super welterweight Oliver Meng (6-0) take on Frenchman Jordan Neveux (8-0). Meng-Neveux is a featured bout on a pro-am bill promoted by Danish Fight Night headed by Hall of Fame promoter Mogens Palle.


Croatian Petar Milas (14-0) is back on as co-challenger for the long vacant EU heavyweight title with Erkan Teper (20-3) since long waiting in the other corner. The EBU have set October 10 as deadline for purse bids agreements.