Nigeria’s African Boxing Union Champion (ABU), Larry Ekundayo, has pulled out of his scheduled title defence fight due to injury.
In a statement on Tuesday by Sola Rogers, media consultant to Ekundayo, the boxer sustained the injury on his hands during training while preparing for his scheduled titled defence.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fight was initially slated to hold at York Hall in London on June 4.
“ Undefeated Ekundayo, who won the ABU belt in October 2015, was scheduled to defend it against the Tanzanian boxing star Saidi Mundi on June 4 in London,’’ the statement said.
The statement quoted Larry as saying, “I am bitterly disappointed not to be fighting at the weekend after all the training I’ve done.
“I was looking forward to bringing sporting success to Nigeria and continue to climb up the world rankings, but my team decided that I could not take the risk with such an injury.”
The statement also quoted Larry’s manager, Ben Gray saying that, “Larry is a great boxer, but he can’t fight with only one hand.
“Larry carry’s the hopes of a nation on his back and it would not be right to send him into battle without giving him the best opportunity of victory.
“`Ekundayo will be out of action for 6 to 8 weeks whilst his hand heals, once this is done the bout will be rescheduled for later in the year,’’ Gray said.
Also in the statement, the boxer’s Special Adviser, Bimbo Folayan, expressed disappointment over the injury sustained by Ekundayo.
“This is a very big loss to Larry considering the amount of time and effort he has put in.
“However, I know Nigerians will support their man and join me in cheering him on when he returns from his injury to fight,’’ Folayan was quoted. (NAN)