Heavyweight Dereck Chisora insists he is hoping his bout with Tyson Fury can be rescheduled after he was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s contest with a fractured hand.
The two British heavyweights were due to meet in a rematch on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena.
However, promoters have confirmed that Chisora fractured his hand in training and he would be unable to defend his European title against Fury.
The vacant British belt was also on the line but the bout will now have to be rescheduled at the earliest possible opportunity.
In their first fight, Chisora was well below par and was beaten on points. He insists he was ready for the clash and he is hoping a rematch can be organised.
“I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to have to pull out of the fight against Fury,” Chisora said in a statement from the promoters.
“But it is on the advice of my specialist that I have to do this.
“I was in fantastic shape and had a great training camp, probably the best so far in my career and was looking forward to getting revenge.
“I’m sorry for the fans who will get to miss this great fight between me and Tyson but once my hand is healed and I’m given the all-clear to train and punch again, I’ll be working on the new date for the fight.”
Despite Saturday’s main event being cancelled, the show is set to go on with Billy Joe Saunders taking on Emanuele Blandamura for the vacant European middleweight title.