Tomi Tatham has been ruled out of his British title eliminator at the Manchester Arena next month.
A back injury means the Bentham light-heavyweight will not to be able to face Barrow’s Liam Conroy on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world title unification fight on September 24 against Jorge Linares.
The 27-year-old said in a statement on Facebook: “Gutted is an understatement.
“I’ve got an injury and for the biggest fight of my life I need to be 100 per cent, I owe you (the fans) and my opponent that.
“I hope it can be rescheduled as it’s a great fight for boxing fans.
“I really can’t explain how frustrating this is but I will heal, I will be back stronger and the frustration is only fuel to the top.”
It was set to be the biggest fight of Tatham’s life, the heavy-hitter being 11-1 as a pro after blasting out Eric Mokonzo inside five rounds in March to land the International Challenge belt, his fifth win inside the distance.
Morecambe’s rising star Isaac Lowe remains on the bill, the Westgate Warrior making the first defence of his Commonwealth featherweight title against South Africa’s Tshifhiwa Munyai on the Sky Sports-televised show.