Ryan Rhodes has been forced to pull out of this month’s European light-middleweight title showdown against Sergey Rabchenko, due to a back injury.
Undefeated Belarusian Rabchenko will now box a non-title eight rounder on the bill at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena, on Saturday March 24.
It is a bitter blow for Rabchenko (19-0) who has been preparing for the contest in Manchester, at Hatton Health and Fitness.
Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing - Richard Poxon, hopes the battle of the stablemates can be re-scheduled for May or June.
Rabchenko, 26, said: “I have been told that Rhodes has a damaged back so what can I do about it? I just hope that when Hatton Promotions make the fight at a later date he doesn’t run away. If Rhodes pulls out for a second time then it will be because he knows that I will beat him. This time I forgive him, just about. For now I have to forget about this disappointment and make sure I impress the Sheffield fans. I plan on showing them that I would beat Rhodes even in his home city.”
In the main event of the card being televised live by Sky Sports, Gary Buckland risks his British super-featherweight title against Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott.
Big ticket sellers Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins also box. Other hopefuls in action include unbeaten heavyweight - Richard Towers, Carl Bell, Jason Cunningham and Jack Perry.
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and the remaining few tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling The Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com