STEVEN Donnelly will not defend his Welterweight National Elite Senior title this year.
The Commonwealth Games medalist won his first Senior title last year and became one of the stories of the 2014 competition beating Olympian Adam Nolan in the final.
The Ballymena man would have been favoured to retain the domestic crown this time out, but has been forced to withdraw due to injury.
The Senior’s glove off this coming Friday night, but the 24 year old will be unable to compete due to a hand injury.
Donnelly will return to the ring on finals night but because he is unable to compete in the prelimanry rounds will fighting for Poland Hussers in the World Series of Boxing and not in the National Stadium.