Terry Flanagan pulls out of title defence against Felix Verdejo due to leg injury

17/07/2017 20:47

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) has pulled out of his title defence against mandatory challenger Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) on September 16 at the Copper Box Arena in London, after suffering a leg injury in training.

Flanagan's promoter Frank Warren informed Top Rank on Monday that the fight will need to be pushed back due to the injury.

A new date for Flanagan-Verdejo has not yet been discussed by Warren and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who promotes Verdejo.

"They're claiming that Flanagan has a leg injury. Frank sent an email to Bob (on Monday) morning," said Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti. "He said that Flanagan sustained a leg injury and that they will get back to us shortly on rescheduling the fight."

The September 16 card still features WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) defending his title against Willie Monroe Jr (21-2, 6 KOs).