Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Professional boxing is one of the most international of all professional sports, with championship boxers found in nations around the world. Boxers quite frequently have immigration hold-ups, with gritty Mexican fighter Alfredo Angulo not long ago held in detention by U.S. immigration authorities for months and ex-heavyweight champ Mike Tyson denied a visa to travel to the United Kingdom.
Dan Rafael on ESPN.com reports that Heavyweight Artur Szpilka, who was turned away by the Department of Homeland Security upon his arrival at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago last Sunday and immediately sent home to Poland, has secured the proper visa and is scheduled to return to the United States on Friday night. Time was of the essence for Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs) because he is scheduled to face Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight between potential heavyweight title challengers on Jan. 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The match will be televised on HBO.