Martinez v McCullough is off

30.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: Tomorrow night’s big bill at Belfast’s Kings Hall has been sensationally called off. Belfast’s own granite chinned warrior and former World Champion, Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” McCullough was due to face young and exciting Spanish knock out artist Kiko Martinez, in what would be his first fight since he was stopped by Oscar Larios in a WBC title tilt nearly two and a half years ago, but this potentially thrilling match up has today been scraped after the undefeated Spaniard failed to make the required 8st 10Ibs super bantamweight limit.

Martinez, whose last victory was a stunning first round knockout of the highly touted Bernard Dunne, was given one hour to shed the two extra pounds he was carrying but, for reasons not yet known, decided not to return to the scales.

Disappointed British Boxing Board of Control Secretary, John Campbell, said “The fight is now not on. The scales were closed at 2.30pm.”

McCullough (27 – 6 with 18 KOs), who now resides in Las Vegas, USA, is said to feel bitterly let down by today’s events as he saw a victory over Martinez as a way of propelling himself back into the world title picture. He will now head back home to his family and await whatever opportunity may arise next but, at 37 years of age, time is not on his side.

Article posted on 01.12.2007

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