Souleymane Cissokho has been ruled out of his fight this weekend.
The man who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics had been set to fight over 10 rounds at Wembley’s SSE Arena.
Cissokho was added to his manager Anthony Joshua’s undercard on Saturday in England’s capital, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN.
Joshua will put his WBO, WBA Super, IBF and IBO world titles on the line against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, the IBF’s mandatory challenger, with Cissokho slated to meet former British super-welterweight title challenger Kieron Conway on the same card.
But it has been revealed that the Senegal-born Frenchman (11-0, 7 KOs) will no longer be on the card after what is being described as “administration issues.”
Cissokho has now been out of the ring since September 2019 when he beat Russia’s Dimitri Mikhaylenko, but Boxing Scene understands the search for a new opponent for Conway (15-1-1, 3 KOs) is underway, with the hope being that the Northampton man can still box on the bill.
The news of the Cissokho vs. Conway fight being pulled from the card –– which will have 1000 fans in attendance –– comes hot on the heels of Ramla Ali being forced out of her second professional fight after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Qais Ashfaq, who is also under 258 Management which is Joshua’s firm, will get the chance to bounce back from his first career defeat when he faces Ashley Lane on the undercard and heavyweight Hughie Fury is in action against former Dillian Whyte foe Mariusz Wach.
Martin Bakole faces Sergey Kuzmin for the vacant WBC International title in the sport’s premier division after it was relinquished by Filip Hrgovic of Croatia and Lawrence Okolie will meet an opponent to be confirmed –– which Boxing Scene understands to be Nikodem Jezewski –– for the vacant WBO world cruiserweight title.