Chris Male has pulled out of his British Super Featherweight Title Eliminator with Troy James due to a calf injury.
The Cradley-born boxer (12-1) was due to take on Coventry’s James (14-2-1), at The Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill – Dudley on Saturday, 14th September. The night still goes ahead though and James will now fight for a British Masters title on the evening.
“It’s really disappointing,” Male told www.uko-boxing.com. “I was sparring Steven Pearce and we came out of an exchange and I just landed awkwardly. I couldn’t walk for three days. I haven’t been able to train for over a week and the physio has said it’s a high-level muscle strain.
“It’s just one of those freak injuries. I’m gutted.”
Although disappointed not to be facing Male, for now at least, James still has his eyes firmly set on a shot at the Lonsdale strap. Stephen ‘Swifty’ Smith became the latest holder of the prestigious belt thanks to a fifth round KO of previous holder, Gary Buckland, in Cardiff on Saturday evening.
Smith looks set to defend against Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes next time around but James has his sights firmly set on a shot at the title in the near future.
“My focus has always been on a British Title shot,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve been working towards Male so it’s disappointing that that fight is of but all I can do is go out there and pick up a Masters belt.”
Dudley’s undefeated light-middleweight, Kyle Spencer (6-0), Stourbridge’s former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce (7-2), and Gornal prospect Lance Brooks (2-0) also feature on the undercard of the One Promotions Boxing Dinner Show.
Tickets are priced at £55 to include a three-course meal and VIP Ringside tables (of ten) are available at £100 per person to include a three-course meal and complimentary bottles of wine. British Lightweight Champion, Martin Gethin, and former British Welterweight Champion, Young Mutley, will both be present in VIP.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 07581 131 745.