Tuesday, May 31, 2016 5:45 am
Nigeria’s African Boxing Union Champion, Larry Ekundayo, has pulled out of his scheduled title defence fight this weekend because of injury.
According to a statement by Nick Abbott of the World Class Athletes Limited, Ekundayo damaged his hand during training.
Undefeated Ekundayo, who won the belt in October 2015, was scheduled to defend it against the Tanzanian boxing star Saidi Mundi this Saturday 4th June in London.
Ekundayo said : “I am bitterly disappointed not to be fighting at the weekend after all the training I’ve done. I was looking forward to bringing sporting success to Nigeria and continue to climb up the world rankings, but my team decided that I couldn’t take the risk to fight with such an injury.”
Larry’s manager, Ben Gray said, “Larry is a great boxer, but even he can’t fight a man with only one hand! Larry carry’s the hopes of a nation on his back and it would not be right to send him into battle without giving him the best opportunity of victory”.
Ekundayo will be out of action for 6-8 weeks whilst his hand heals, once this is done the bout will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Speaking further, the boxer’s Special Advisor, Bimbo Folayan says “this is a very big loss to Larry considering the amount of time and effort he has put in, but I know Nigerians will support their man and join me in cheering him on when he returns”.