Dave Allen’s struggle on the Oleksandr Usyk vs Dereck Chisora undercard has been cancelled on the final minute.
The ‘White Rhino’ was initially because of face Christian Hammer on the present, however Hammer examined optimistic for coronavirus and so was compelled to withdraw.
The hunt was then on for a substitute opponent with Allen’s former foe Lenroy Thomas initially thought-about.
A deal couldn’t be finalised although and as a substitute Eddie Hearn labored out an settlement for unbeaten Christopher Lovejoy to take the struggle as a substitute.
The American is fighter with a baffling document. Lovejoy, at 36 years outdated, boasts a slate of 19-0, 19 KOs.
Nonetheless, he has by no means fought outdoors of Tijuana, Mexico earlier than and solely ever crushed one man with a successful document.
All of his opponents to this point have been journeymen.
He flew into the UK with the intention of dealing with Allen on Saturday evening and efficiently entered Matchroom’s bubble having examined detrimental for coronavirus.
Then one other problem emerged.
On Wednesday evening, Hearn acquired a name from a livid Don King.
The 89-year-old historic American promoter knowledgeable his British counterpart that he has Lovejoy below contract – one thing the fighter had didn’t disclose when signing the struggle with Allen.
In consequence, Hearn needed to respect King’s authorized rights and acknowledged that they may not proceed with the bout earlier than first securing his approval.
He mentioned he supplied King a monetary reduce of the deal, in addition to a proposal to work collectively on one other of his fighters – WBA ‘interim’ heavyweight belt-holder Trevor Bryan.
Nonetheless, finally no compromise was reached and the struggle has been cancelled consequently.
Allen posted: “I’m gutted and sorry to say my struggle with Mr Lovejoy is not going to be going forward, I can’t be combating Saturday.
“I’m in possibly the most effective form of my profession however luck has not been in on my aspect.
“I’ve been advised I’ll struggle earlier than the yr is out and can begin coaching for that this night.
“Very sorry for letting folks down however this can be a scenario nicely out of my fingers.”