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Joshua pulls out of Johnson clash after aggravated back injury
By Andrew Scott Wednesday, 14 January 2015 04:11
Anthony Joshua had no choice but to pull out of his clash with Kevin Johnson after his back injury was aggravated, surprising many fans and bookmaker software services alike.
The heavyweight, who’s 25-years-old, suffered an injury on his back that proved to be a pars stress fracture, and medical attention was needed immediately, ruling the fighter out of the Johnson fight taking place on the 31st of January at the O2 Arena in London.
The fighter is now looking to hit the ring, but he’s been expected to train again for his next fight set to take place on the 4th of April in Newcastle.
After 10 wins by mean of stoppage, the fighter was hoping to put his skills in the ring to the test against the former challenger for the world title, who never suffered a knockout.
“I trained so hard over Christmas and the press conference with Johnson was so lively that I was really looking forward to putting in a great performance,” said Joshua.
“It’s bad news for myself and for the fans that have bought tickets. I hope to be able to put on a fan zone at the weigh-in and the fight itself to meet the fans.
“I will be competing many times this year, but this injury is something that I need to get sorted as soon as possible.”
Eddie Hearn, promoter, said that originally, Joshua suffered a back injury prior to a win in November, when he defeated Michael Sprott in the first round.
“It’s disappointing to lose Anthony from this great card but after receiving news from the scan, he was left with no option but to rest his back,” said Hearn.
“He picked up a niggle in the Sprott camp and had a good month rest after, but it hasn’t been 100 per cent in camp and the results gave him no option. He hopes to resume punching in early February and come back with a bang in Newcastle on April 4.”
The bill at London is still set to move forward, and bookmaker software services know that Kevin Mitchell wants to secure a shot at the lightweight world title when he takes on Daniel Estrada in what would be a final eliminator.
John Ryder, middleweight, is stepping up against Les Sherrington of Australia, while Charlie Edwards of Team GB will make his debut in the pro ranks.
Also on the card, Tyler Goodjoh faces Wayne Hibbert and Tommy Martin will take on Ricky Boylan in a double header of the light-welterweights.