Anthony Cacace [15(7)-0] has been forced to pull out of his proposed ITV4 clash.
The talented super featherweight was due to fight live on basic cable in Preston on Saturday January 21st, but a chest infection has lead to his withdrawal.
‘The Apache’ was expected to compete over 10 rounds for a rankings-enhancing Inter-Continental title.
Belfast’s Cacace had initially hoped to fight either European champion Guillaume Frenois or British champion Martin J Ward in February, but he and his team opted for the televised bout.
However, after sparring this week, respected manager Pat Magee was informed by a doctor that Cacace may not have passed the pre-fight fight medical due to the chest infection and it was decided not to go ahead with the fight as a precaution.
It may seem disappointing to Cacace fans at first, but the BBBofC Celtic champion looks certain to fight for the British title this year. He is next in line for the winner of the March 25th bout between Martin J Ward and Maxi Hughes.
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