Former WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk has pulled out of his scheduled rematch with Grigory Drozd because of illness.
The Pole was aiming to regain his title on May 22 following defeat to Drozd last September, although the break in training proved to be too much for Wlodarczyk who now misses out on the chance to become a three-time world title holder.
An alternative opponent is being sought to face Drozd in Luzhniki, Moscow in just over a weeks’ time.
Heavyweight world title holder Deontay Wilder‘s clash with Eric Molina is set to be officially confirmed this week as the new WBC champion gears up to make the first defense of his coveted green belt.
The 29 year-old, who has won all 33 of his bouts, wants to stay busy following his success against Bermane Stiverne in January and will be looking to return to knockout form on June 13 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter‘s rumoured clash is now a reality as the pair will go at it on June 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. A catchweight of 145lbs has been stipulated.
Finally, middleweights David Lemieux and Hassan N’Dam have an extra incentive to claim victory when they collide on the same date of June 20 at the Bell Centre as the International Boxing Federation have approved the contest for the vacant championship.
The moves comes following the IBF’s decision to relieve Jermain Taylor of the belt earlier this year and means Lemieux is handed his first world title shot, whilst N’Dam previously reigned briefly with the WBO until running into Peter Quillin.