Craig Watson Injures Shoulder, Barnes Clash On Hold
By Terence Dooley
Manchester’s David Barnes and Craig Watson will have to wait a little longer to settle their local rivalry. A shoulder injury forced Watson to withdraw from next Saturday's British welterweight title eliminator at the city’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre.
Watson, 22-5 (9), had hoped to launch himself back into title contention by beating Barnes, 26-2-2 (11), but will now have to wait until a rearranged date can be put into place.
Dave Coldwell of Coldwell Boxing confirmed the news earlier today, the show's promoter, is seeking a replacement opponent for the 32-year-old Barnes. Coldwell has put together a strong bill, one that can cope with the withdrawal of Watson, but he will no doubt hope to pair the two up again as the proposed bout drew plenty of attention, especially after Watson called Barnes a "shitbag" during a recent interview with John Evans of BoxingScene.
"I think this fight was going to really take off," said Bob Shannon, the trainer of Barnes, when BoxingScene contacted him about the news. "David's been firing in the gym, so he is disappointed with this news, but if Craig's injured then what can we do. We just have to face whoever they put in front of us and make sure Dave gets a win.
“Craig's had a lot to say, it is a shame we won't get to see him try to back his words up next week. I can only send him my best wishes for a speedy recovery. Dave was disappointed by Craig’s comments recently — he hoped to settle things between them the right way and do his talking in the ring. I hope this gets made again soon as it is a natural fight for both lads.”
Visit http://coldwellboxing.com/events/bring-the-noise/ for ticket information and details of upcoming shows.
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Denis Lebedev-Victor Ramirez Unification, April 30 in Moscow Uchiyama-Fortuna Negotiations Going Well For Showdown Fernando Montiel Says The Goal is To Knock Abner Mares Out Andres Gutierrez, Marco Antonio Periban Pick Up Big Wins Anthony Joshua Opens Up as 7-1 Favorite To Beat Martin David Haye: Anthony Joshua Will Knock Charles Martin Out Early! Charles Martin: I'm Knocking Anthony Joshua Out! Charles Martin-Anthony Joshua Announced, April 9 In London Nonito Donaire Wants To Make a Statement With Bedak Lebedev Wonders if Hryunov Attack Was Roy Jones Related Fedor Chudinov: Ready for Anyone at Super Middleweight? Porter: I've Heard Things That About Mayweather Returning Roach Doubts Miguel Cotto Can Make 147 For Marquez Clash Salud Will Talk To Pacquiao About World Title Double in Manila Jean Pascal Cautioned To Take Signficant Time Off By Promoter Qiu Xiao Jun's Big Win Draws 200 Million TV Viewers in China Liam Williams-Nav Mansouri Set For April 2 on BoxNation Sanchez: Canelo Couldn't Hurt Cotto, What Happens With GGG? Barrera Advised By Manager To Go All Out With Andre Ward Chavez, Barrera, Morales View Canelo-GGG as The Next 'Big One' Alex Saucedo Decisions Clarence Booth: Vences Wins Khan: Being Underdog To Canelo Has Given Me an Extra Push! Fernando Carcamo Stops Daniel Echeverria In Three Lomachenko: I'm Ready To Fight Rigondeaux at Any Time Glowacki's Coach Says Steve Cunningham Still in Play For April Cortez Expects Canelo To Slaughter Amir Khan in Rapid Fashion Jorge Linares Hopes To Return in May or June From Injury Artur Szpilka Has Surgery on Left Hand, Wants Charles Martin Arum Wonders if Amir Khan Can Pull Off a Super Bowl Upset Tyson Fury Going in New Direction? Says 'Massive Fight' Coming Dmitry Chudinov Blows Through Marat Huzeeva in Moscow Mariusz Wach's Ring Return Being Positioned For May 14 Adrian Granat Has Two Fights Set; Sprott Faces Hammer on 3/18 Joseph Diaz-Jayson Velez Set For Ward-Barrera HBO Card Lanell Bellows: Nobody Can Match My Work Ethic Hearn, Mayweather To Join Forces For UK Boxing Events Gutierrez Set For Hometown Appearance, Wants Santa Cruz Next Frank Warren Takes Aim at Boxers Having Overgrown Beards Marquez Wants 147 For Cotto, 152/153 Rehydration Clause Campillo: Kovalev Can Beat Ward, Beterbiev a Bigger Puncher
Latest Boxing Video Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Canelo-Khan, More Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Retirement, Not Being Tempted Video: Ashley Theophane Discusses Adrien Broner Clash Video: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Canelo-Khan, Career, More Video: Freddie Roach Breaks Down Canelo-Cotto, Much More Video: Justin Fortune Talks Pacquiao, Canelo, Khan, Shiming Video: Shane McGuigan Breaks Down Groves' Return Win Video: George Groves Discusses His Return Win, The Future Video: Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson Nearly Rumble Video: Sergey Kovalev 174.6-Pounds, Jean Pascal 174.3-Pounds
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads