The Sligo-Manchester youngster confirmed this afternoon that a niggling hand injury has flared up in preparation for the big-money tournament in Dublin on Saturday March 3rd.
The former Ballinacarrow amateur was announced as a replacement just under two weeks ago, taking the place of Henry Coyle, but he will be unable to fulfil this role.
The 1(0)-0 fighter announced on social media that, since restarting camp, he has suffered a reoccurrence of a hand injury which restricted him to just one fight in his debut year.
The rangey southpaw is keen to return soon and outlined how “I hope to be fighting in Summer this time with a full training camp for it and hand rested.
“I was really looking forward to fighting in Dublin, maybe you might see there sooner than you think. Thank you to everyone who supported me.”
Latimer is the second pull-out in two days following the hotly-tipped Alfredo Meli [14(3)-0-1] who withdrew in support of his management outfit’s boycott of the Republic of Ireland.
The six fighters currently in the Assassin and Red Corner-promoted tournament are Nick Quigley, Ger Healy, Chris Blaney, Roy Sheahan, Bernard Roe, and Sean McGlinchey, with two replacements to-be-announced
The eight boxers who end up in the line-up next Saturday will be fighting for their share of an eye-watering €59,000 prize fund – with €25,000 going to the winner alongside €5,000 for their amateur club