NEW YORK CITY, NY (The New York Post) – A WBO boxer once dubbed “Mini Mike Tyson” was sentenced to 10 years behind bars on Friday for using his boxing skills as an “enforcer” and “soldier” to a Brooklyn mob boss.
Middleweight prizefighter Avtandil Khurtsidze was a successful and gifted athlete “who squandered all of those gifts for prestige and thrill and power,” prosecutors said at his Manhattan federal court sentencing.
They said Khurtsidze deserves more than the six years recommended by probation officials because he didn’t need to help mob boss Razhden Shulaya, who was also convicted at trial.
“There is no reason other than the enjoyment of inflicting pain and the power and prestige he thought he could bring to himself,” prosecutor Andrew Adams told Judge Katherine Forrest.
The judge agreed, calling Khurtsidze’s crimes of violence “breathtaking and extraordinary.”
She chided him for being so devoted to Shulaya that he once offered to sexually assault a woman Shulaya was angry with.
“If you tell me it is needed I will give her a good f—k when I see her,” the WBO boxer told his boss, it emerged at trial.