Channel 5 boxing main event pulled as Francisco Fonseca falls ill late on
Channel 5 Boxing – Nicaraguan Francisco Fonseca was forced to withdraw from a main event UK show after falling ill just before his scheduled bout with Alex Dilmaghani.
The 25 year-old was checked on by doctors when throwing up in his dressing room. Fonseca was eventually deemed too sick to participate.
It’s a huge blow to Mick Hennessy. The promoter once again secured a prime slot on Channel 5 for the main event.
Fonseca was due to be Dilmaghani’s toughest test to date.
Channel 5 subsequently delayed the broadcast of the headline contest. The boxing was replaced by a prison documentary until a later time of 10 pm (UK).
Releasing a statement, Hennessy Sports said looking after the boxers is all that matters.
“The Vacant WBA International Super Featherweight Championship to be contested this evening between Alex Dilmaghani and Francisco Fonseca at the University of Bolton, Premier Suite, has been cancelled,” said Hennesy.
“Due to Nicaraguan Fonseca feeling unwell in his dressing room before his ringwalk. Then following an examination by doctors, the decision was made by the British Boxing Board of Control to withdraw Fonseca from the contest. He has been referred to hospital for further assessment.
“Whilst Hennessy Sports are disappointed that the main event has had to be cancelled, we understand that Fonseca’s health and safety is paramount. We respect the decision.
Jack Flatley’s battle with Harry Scarff for the English super welterweight title was bumped to top billing in place of Dilmaghani v Fonseca.
After a hard-fought encounter over ten rounds, Scarff took the decision 97-94 twice and 96-94. A new champion was crowned.
Earlier on the card, Wigan lightweight Rhiannon Dixon made a successful pro debut. She won over four rounds against nine-fight Lithuanian Vaida Maseokaite.