LEE HASKINS’ proposed IBF World Bantamweight title eliminator with Sergio Perales on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s world-title fight with Paul Butler has been scrapped.
Haskins was due to take on Perales at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Saturday in an attempt to set up a potential future showdown with the winner of the contest between Hall and Butler, but the fight has been postponed after Perales pulled out with an injury.
The Texan, who lost to Darlington-based Hall last summer, has injured a hand in training, and there is insufficient time to secure a respectable opponent.
“It’s disappointing,” said promoter Dennis Hobson. “It’s a fight we were all looking forward to, and it would have been an excellent contest.
“Unfortunately though, Perales’ team have informed us of his injury and we haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement in time. Hopefully it’s a fight we can arrange again for a future show.
“The card is still top quality though. Hall versus Butler, Jon-Lewis Dickinson against Ovill Mckenzie, Bradley Saunders in his first title fight, and Dave Allen trading heavy blows with Larry Olubamiwo will all be great fights, and the rest of the card is shaping up into a fantastic evening of boxing.”