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Frustration for Irish Tommy as big rematch is cancelled

Irish Tommy Carter [1(0)-4(2)] has been dealt a frustrating pre-Christmas blow with the cancellation of his big fight next week.

The Tideswell-Drogheda middleweight had been due to fight hot prospect Ryan Kelly [7(2)-0] in a rematch over eight rounds on Thursday December 15th at the Holte Suite in Villa Park.

The rematch came about following the pair’s first fight on the Matchroom ‘Bragging Rights’ card in Birmingham back in March. On the Frankie Gavin v Sam Eggington-topped bill, Carter was stopped in the third of four scheduled rounds by the home fighter. The fight-anyone 21 year old was furious with the stoppage however, claiming that the initial knockdown came from a slip, and that the stoppage itself when Kelly stormed in afterwards was wholly premature.

A repeat between the pair, again on Kelly’s home turf, was quickly arranged, and Carter went into an intensive camp.

However, the Top Boxing ‘Jingle Bell Ruck’ card has today been cancelled due to ‘unforeseen circumstances.’

It’s looks to be a frustrating finish to a mixed debut year for Carter, however the youngster hopes to secure a fight date before Christmas to but his training to good use. Additionally, he will aim to begin back again quickly in 2017, and a spot on a Kieran Farrell-promoted show at the Bowler’s Exhibition Centre on Friday February 10th looks to be a possibility.

Joe O'Neill

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