Sergei Liakhovich to fight Aug. 27

Updated: June 16, 2011, 4:51 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

First, former heavyweight titlist Sergei Liakhovich was slated to end an 11-month layoff April 9, but withdrew because of a rib injury.

Now, his return is delayed again, but this time because it is his opponent who suffered an injury.

After Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs) took some time off and his rib healed, he signed to fight rising contender Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) on July 16 in Munich, Germany.

However, Helenius -- who is coming off a crushing ninth-round knockout of former titleholder Samuel Peter in April -- was forced this week to postpone the bout because he has an inflammation of his right hand, which interrupted his training, Sauerland Event promoter Chris Meyer told ESPN.com.

"We expect that he will recover in four weeks and I have advised (Liakhovich promoter) Kathy (Duva)," Meyer said.

Meyer said the fight will be rescheduled for Aug. 27, Sauerland Event's next television date on German network ARD, in Erfurt, Germany.

The July 16 card will go on as planned with cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) of Germany making his seventh defense in the main event against former light heavyweight titlist Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) of Argentina.

Germany's Eduard Gutknecht (21-1, 9 KOs) will also appear on the show against an opponent to be determined in the first defense of his European light heavyweight title.

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