Advertisement
Advertisement

Darren Barker Injured, Misses Out on Pirog Title Shot

Darren Barker has been forced to pull out of a proposed World title clash with WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog after sustaining an injury in training.

The former unbeaten European champion was set to challenge the Russian in Moscow in May in a title tilt to be announced imminently when he injured his hip in training on Friday (March 2).

An examination on the problem revealed the need for surgery, ruling the Londoner out of the proposed May clash and postponing his return to the ring until the autumn – a frustrating development in the 29 year-olds career after his brave title challenge to pound-for-pound star Sergio Martinez in October.

“I’m absolutely gutted by the timing of the injury,” said Barker. “I had been feeling good in the gym and was buzzing at the prospect of another World title fight. But I will come again after the summer, get back to full fitness and hopefully the title shot will still be there.”

Barker’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: “I'm desperately disappointed for Darren as he has been looking sharp in the gym. Pirog's promoter Artie Pellulo offered us the fight for May but we hope now to rearrange for September. We were also on the shortlist for the Chavez fight in June but have also had to rule ourselves out of contention there.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RlCKY on 03-06-2012

[QUOTE=warp1432;11860535]What happened with the N'jikam fight?[/QUOTE] Pirog got hurt, said that fight could still happen, but 4 weeks later. and then nothing was said about it. I wonder if we will hear anything from N'jikam now that Pirog is tossing…

Comment by -Kev- on 03-06-2012

Barker gives Pirog problems.

Comment by warp1432 on 03-06-2012

What happened with the N'jikam fight?

Comment by Dedication on 03-06-2012

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;11860205]Ishe Smith ‏ @IsheSugarShay [B]Someone tell Pirog I will gladly step in and feel those shoes for May. Will travel abroad![/B][/QUOTE] Well Ishe's wants to step in, let's make this happen! Would be a good fight in my humble opinion.

Comment by Spray_resistant on 03-06-2012

[QUOTE=rey guey;11860314]Pirog didn't want to fight N'Jikam either. Pirog isn't going to face a real threat period. [B]He just wants to cash out on a Martinez or Sturm fight. [/B]that's cool but he isn't going to fight an up and…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (12)
Top Headlines Khurtsidze's Coach: We're Ready To Face Golovkin in September Ruenroeng, Casimero Make Weight Following Photo-Op Confusion Francisco Vargas Nears Testing Record For Combat Sports in Cali Lara To Golovkin: I've Called You Out a Few Times, Let's Fight! George Groves vs Martin Murray Now WBA Title Eliminator Well-preserved veteran Nick Casal eager to end five-year hiatus Parker's Coach Confident His Boxer Will Succeed Where Tua Failed Harmonito Dela Torre Ready To Impress in His U.S. Debut Washington is Helping Breazeale, Warns That Joshua is in Tough Photos: Mike Tyson Hits China For Ruenroeng-Casimero II Paul Butler: We're On The Brink of World Title Shot, This is Massive Stephen Smith: I Belong at World Level, I Want Another Title Shot Golovkin's Coach Expects Amir Khan To Rebound Very Well Hearn: Haye Not on Anthony Joshua's Radar For Next Three Fights Canelo, Golden Boy Dig in For Lengthy Court Battle With All-Star Roach: I'm Excited, I Truly Feel Postol Will Beat Terence Crawford Jacobs' Trainer Says They'll Be Ready For Golovkin in Due Time Joseph Parker on Elbow Issue, Solomon Haumono Bout, More UFC Prez: Not a Single Convo on Mayweather-McGregor Firat Arslan Returns To The Ring on June 4 in Kassel Gabe Rosado To Face Antonio Gutierrez on June 4 at StubHub Abril-Belmontes, Foreman-Davis Doubleheader on June 3 Golovkin's Promoter Hits Back at Mayweather's Trash Talk Shane Mosley-David Avanesyan Full Card Set Down AIBA President Confident Pro Fighters Will Compete in Olympics Haye: I'll Be Careful Early, But Then I'll Drop Briggs and KO Him Kevin Satchell Returns on June 4th as Part of Smith Liverpool Bill Photos: Floyd Mayweather, 50 Cent Reunite On Stage in Las Vegas Briggs Feels Haye in Decline: He Was a Better Fighter Before Liam Smith: IF Canelo Returns To 154, He's Perfect For Me! Ricky Burns: Michele Di Rocco Won't Know What Hit Him! Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez To Get in The Ring For Charity Makabu: Not Going The Distance, I'm Knocking Tony Bellew Out! Berto Tabs Golovkin Over Canelo, Wants To Fight The Winner Roach Downs Mayweather-McGregor, Wants Lebedev-Glowacki Cuellar Confident of Mares Win, Tabs Santa Cruz Over Frampton Hearn Blasts Khan, Says Brook Fight is 'Gone' Jorge Linares is Ready: I'm Going To Fight Anthony Crolla Next! Lemieux Interested in Canelo Fight - But NO Catch-Weight No More Delays: All-Star Boxing Gets Day in Court Versus Canelo
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement