Nick Ball has been forced to withdraw from the Golden Contract tournament.
The talented featherweight moved to 10 fights undefeated last weekend when he outpointed Abdon Cesar.
Ball took on the Cameroon-born man at Greenbank Sports Academy on Saturday, atop a Black Flash Promotions card in association with Everton Red Triangle.
And after taking a 60 points to 54 decision win, the 22-year-old had been rewarded with a slot as a reserve fighter in the MTK Global-promoted competition at his weight category on October 4 at Bethnal Green’s famous York Hall venue.
But it was revealed on Tuesday that Ball suffered a hand injury in his fight against Cesar and has been pulled out of the competition that would have seen him face former European Union featherweight title challenger Razaq Najib on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN+ Stateside.
Ball’s next fight had been set for the same night as there was action for IBF European featherweight champion Jazza Dickens, British champion Ryan Walsh and Commonwealth champion Leigh Wood among others.
However, that has now been shelved after the disappointing news of his injury and he has been replaced by Jacob Robinson.
“His hand is like a balloon,” his coach Paul Stevenson told the ECHO. “It’s gutting, sickening, but he can’t even get his hand into a glove.”
Further details regarding the tournament will be revealed in due course.