Belfast’s Alfredo Meli has been forced to withdraw from this Commonwealth title fight with Sam Sheedy.
Meli was meant to trade leather with Sam Sheedy for the light middleweight version of the strap in Sheffield on Saturday night, but has withdrawn from the main event.
The shows promoter Dennis Hobson broke the news this morning and suggested ‘medical’ issues as the reason behind the withdrawal.
“On weigh-in day we’ve been now been informed that Meli has an issue with one of his scans and they are pulling him out,” explained the promoter.
“I’m obviously extremely disappointed with Meli’s team, and it’s such short notice that we’re unable to get Sam a replacement opponent. I’m disappointed for Sam who is in fantastic condition, and for the fans who were looking forward to the contest.
“We’ve no other option but to ask Sam to box an exhibition contest to show that he’s been in a dedicated training camp for the fight. We still have some good local kids on the show, including a derby fight between Tom Bell and Razaq Najib, so we’ll still go ahead and give the fans some action to watch.”
It is a massive blow for the Belfast man as Saturday was seen as his chance to kick on and get his name out there. Irish-boxing.com are unaware as to what the ‘issue’ was with the scans.