British heavyweight Dillian Whyte has revealed opponent Danny Batchelder withdrew from their contest just hours after being officially announced.
Whyte, 28, was due to face the bare-knuckle boxer / paid rank operator this Saturday night at the O2 but is now set to battle Ivica Bacurin on Saturday night.
“Danny Battyholder has pulled out of the fight. Bare-knuckle? – More like bare arse,” said Whyte.
‘The Villain’ is aiming to get back in the win column following defeat to Anthony Joshua in December and fights on the IBF heavyweight champion’s undercard this weekend.
Joshua goes up against undefeated American Dominic Breazeale in what will be the Londoner’s first defence of the coveted red belt.
In the co-feature, former world title challengers George Groves and Martin Murray go head-to-head for a possible super middleweight championship chance, whilst Anthony Ogogo, Kal Yafai and Conor Benn back up an undercard topped by Chris Eubank Jr v Tom Doran and John Wayne Hibbert v Andrea Scarpa.
Confirmed fights for the O2 Arena:
ANTHONY JOSHUA VS DOMINIC BREAZEALE
12 x 3 mins IBF Heavyweight World Championship
GEORGE GROVES VS MARTIN MURRAY
12 x 3 mins WBA International Super-Middleweight World Championship
CHRIS EUBANK JR VS TOM DORAN
12 x 3 mins British Middleweight Championship
JOHN WAYNE HIBBERT VS ANDREA SCARPA
12 x 3 mins WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title
DILLIAN WHYTE VS IVICA BACURIN
8 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
KAL YAFAI VS TBA
8 x 3 mins Super-Flyweight contest
ANTHONY OGOGO VS FRANE RADNIC
6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
TED CHEESEMAN VS DANNY LITTLE
6 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
CONOR BENN VS LUKAS RADIC
4 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
FELIX CASH VS YAILTON NEVES
4 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
Information courtesy of Matchroom Boxing and subject to change