Nigeria’s African Boxing Union Champion, Larry Ekundayo, has pulled out of his scheduled title defence fight because of injury.
The ABU Champion injured his hands during training in preparation for his scheduled titled defence in London. Undefeated Ekundayo, who won the belt in October 2015, was scheduled to defend it against the Tanzanian boxing star Saidi Mundi on June 4, in London.
Speaking from his base in London Larry said: “I am bitterly disappointed not to be fighting at the weekend after all the training I’ve gone through. I was looking forward to bringing sporting success to Nigeria and continue to climb up the world rankings, but my team decided that I couldn’t take the risk to fight with such an injury.”
Larry’s manager, Ben Gray also said: “Larry is a great boxer, but even he can’t fight a man with only one hand! Larry carries the hopes of a nation on his back and it would not be right to send him into battle without giving him the best opportunity of victory”.
Ekundayo will be out of action for 6-8 weeks whilst his hand heals, once this is done the bout will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Speaking further, the boxer’s Special Adviser, Bimbo Folayan said “this is a very big loss to Larry considering the amount of time and effort he has put in, but I know Nigerians will support their man and join me in cheering him on when he returns”.