Mr. Vencislav Nikolov, General Secretary of the Professional Boxing League of Bulgaria, recently informed the WBU Europe office, in London, UK, that they are unable to provide permission for Galina Gumliiska to box England’s Marianne Marston for the World Boxing Union European Super Bantamweight Championship in London this coming weekend, due to a medical issue.
Following attempts to find a suitable replacement at Super Bantamweight, Promoter Mr David Murphy successfully applied for a change of division, as such Ms. Marston will now be boxing Czech Republic’s #1 ranked Hana Horakova for the World Boxing Union European Featherweight Championship, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday.
Speaking from the WBU head office in Atlanta, Georgia, World Boxing Union President Mr Don Lewis said.
“It is unfortunate that Galina has been forced to withdraw, however based on the information supplied by Mr. Nikolov it is clear it would have been irresponsible to have allowed the fight to go ahead.
As Hana is unable to make the Super Bantamweight Championship weight limit, we have authorised the revised bout to be for the Featherweight championship.
I have been informed that Marianne is already within the Super Bantamweight weight limits, but is willing to compete at Featherweight, even though this will give a major weight advantage to Hana.
I am pleased that all involved have worked together to ensure that this historic bout goes ahead on Saturday.
I know both fighters, they are both true warriors that always give a hundred and ten percent, it will be a very exciting all action affair..”
Marianne Marston versus Hana Horakova, for the WBU European Featherweight title, co-headlines the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events WARZONE Event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green in London on Saturday, 1st March 2014.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) & £60 (Ringside) are available the Acourtier Events ticket line on 07960 850645 or on-line at www.acourtier.com
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