Following on from Josh Kelly’s withdrawal from his fight with David Avaneysan, promotor Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the bout will be rescheduled for early next year.
Avaneysan’s manager had called Kelly’s illness “Questionable” saying that “It’s obvious Josh and Adam (Booth) know his career is on the line and want no part of it.”
But it now seems as though the pair are on a collision course, with Eddie Hearn stating that it will be Kelly’s next fight: “There are no interim fights, there’s no case of preferring somebody else, this is the fight to make and it will be happening early in the New Year.”
Hearn went on to confirm that Kelly had been suffering with a virus earlier on in his camp and that he hadn’t felt great prior to the weigh-in.
“Looking at him on the scales, I don’t think he made the weight particularly well. When your bodies depleted and your immune systems down, making weight is going to make everything even worse.
“I know Avaneysan’s team feel like he pulled out of the fight because he didn’t fancy it, but you don’t train for an entire camp with expenses and then pull out of a fight, Kelly doesn’t get paid.
“It’s a killer for everyone but now those two will get the chance to settle the score early in the New Year.”
Avaneysan’s manager echoed Hearn’s comments: “I’m absolutely gutted, as you can imagine. David and his trainer Carl Greaves have wasted weeks in camp for a pull-out.
“We thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport for the opportunity. But we’d like to apologise to the Sky Sports viewers who watched on Saturday.
“David Avenesyan was in the best shape of his life and we knew he would beat Josh Kelly.”
[Source: IFL TV]