Tony Dodson has been forced to withdraw from his eagerly-anticipated fight with Rocky Fielding on March 15 after the Liverpudlian picked up an ear infection.
The build-up for the derby battle had been simmering nicely since Dodson came through a four-rounder successfully to seal the Commonwealth title challenge, although these latest developments have now put the fight on ice.
Warrior’ Dodson, 33, holds 30 wins from his 39 contests since making his pro debut in 1999, but has failed to reach the heights of his British title win over Allan Foster in 2003 and saw the Fielding clash as his big chance to pick up another title.
No official announcement has yet been made by Matchroon, promoters of the Echo Arena event next month, but it does look likely that Fielding will be handed a replacement opponent for the night.
Eddie Hearn may well see the fight as a natural one to re-make for later in the year once Dodson has fully recovered from his illness, with Fielding looking to build on his 17-fight unbeaten record with some well-known domestic names.
Past and present Lonsdale Belt holders Stephen Smith, Tony Bellew and Kell Brook are just some of the boxers lined up to fight on the bill, which takes place in just over two weeks’ time.
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