Mike Perez v Ruslan Chagaev a no-go

Phil Jay 25/11/2012

Undefeated ex-Prizefighter champion Mike Perez has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming acid test against former world title holder Ruslan Chagaev in Germany after injuring his shoulder, according to promoter Felix Sturm.

The heavyweight contest was due to take place at the Burg-Waechter Castello in Dusseldorf and it is not yet known whether a replacement will be called up at late notice to oppose one-time WBA champion Chagaev.

Perez, 27, is currently touted as one of the best prospects around in the top division, although the southpaw has fought just twice in the 18 months since claiming the Prizefighter – Internationals crown in May 2011.