WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12KOs) has suffered a hand injury in training and as a consequence has had to pull out of his fight against Martin Murray (36-4-1, 17KOs).
The original bout was supposed to take place at the O2 Arena, Greenwich, London on April 14 but has now been postponed until June 23.
That’s a 10 week gap which should give the 28-year-old plenty of time to recover but does leave his St Helens challenger limbo land.
Some may argue that it gives Murray more time to prepare for the up hill task that awaits him in June. But I’m sure the 35-year-old will be gutted by the long delay.
On the bright side Saunders-Murray will top an exciting bill that includes Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois and Ohara Davies.
Billy Joe Saunders said; “I’m gutted for Martin and I’m gutted for the fans. I felt my hand go during a session this week and sought medical advice immediately. Unfortunately I’ve been told that I can’t punch anything for four weeks so we’ve been left with no choice but to withdraw from the date.”
“I’d like to thank my promoter Frank Warren for quickly sorting a new date for the fight. My trainer Dominic Ingle will make sure that I’m fit and prepared to put on another show on June 23.”
“This is an extremely tough sport and these things can happen. It is vital that I’m firing on all cylinders heading into this fight but for now it’s all about recovering properly and focusing on the new June 23 date.”
Frank warren Added; “It is extremely frustrating as tickets were going very well and we were all geared up for a fantastic evening of boxing on April 14,”
“I apologise to all of the fans that have bought tickets for the April 14 date but all original tickets will be valid for the new June 23 date.
The knock on effect is that Flanagn-Hooker has has to be cancelled. Warren said; “We are also working on a new date for the WBO super-lightweight world title fight between Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker. I am speaking with Hooker’s representative Dino Duva and we will be making an announcement this week on where and when this fight takes place.
“It is not straightforward as this is an ordered fight for a vacant title but we are working hard to get everything sorted and our priority is to secure Terry his chance to become a two-weight world champion.”