Former WBA World Light-Welterweight Champion Vivian Harris has been ruled out of his fight against Bradley Skeete this Saturday (15th February) at the Copper Box Arena after failing a pre-fight medical.
Harris was due to face Skeete in a Vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight title clash as one of the chief supporting fights to the headline bout between WBO/WBA International Heavyweight Champion Dereck Chisora against challenger Kevin Johnson.
Skeete will now face Frenchman Christopher Sebire who’s won 22 out of 29 fights and is a former French champion at light-welterweight. He last extended Chris Jenkins over ten rounds in a Vacant WBC International title challenge earlier this month.
Although disappointed not to be facing Harris, Skeete is keeping positive and is happy to still be fighting and his training has not gone to waste
He said, “I’ve put in a lot of hard work in the gym for the Harris fight so I’m glad that I’m still fighting. Obviously it’s a big disappointment that Harris is out as he would have been a fantastic name on my record to have, but if he’s failed a medical that’s beyond my control. I wish him all the best and hope he’s okay. I’ve got to focus on my new opponent with my trainer Alan Smith and remain professional throughout.”
Chief-support to Chisora is heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury who takes on American puncher Joey Abell over ten rounds.
An action packed card at the Copper Box Arena features super-middleweight star Frank Buglioni defending his WBO European title against Gaetano Nespro, plus former amateur star and unbeaten pro Thomas Stalker, Tyson Fury’s cousin and undefeated heavyweight sensation Hughie Fury, plus top talents Lewis Pettitt, Georgie Kean, Billy Morgan and Steve Collins Jnr.
Remaining tickets for Rock The Box III, priced from £40 are available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or online at www.eventim.co.uk
The show will be televised live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com
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