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Billy Joe Saunders WBO 160-pound title defense postponed

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Unbeaten WBO middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders has suffered a muscle injury and will be unable to defend against Artur Akavov on Oct. 22 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

Liam Williams, the British junior middleweight champion, also suffered an injury in sparring which will prevent him from defending his title against Ahmet Patterson on this card.

The event will now take place on Nov. 26 at the same venue.

Promoter Frank Warren said, “We have not had a lot of luck with this event. First of all, being let down by Chris Eubank Jr. and now the two main fights on a card falling out on the same day. We have no choice but to postpone the card to a month later so everyone is given time to recover.

“I apologise to the fans for any inconvenience this may cause. It is extremely frustrating as the event is already essentially sold out and we were all geared up for a cracking night of boxing. I am particularly gutted for Tommy Langford who has sold around 2000 tickets for his British middleweight title challenge against Sam Sheedy, but I’m sure his support will no doubt still be out in force on November 26.”

Tickets purchased for the Oct. 22 event will still be valid for the new date of Nov. 22 at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff.

Information provided courtesy of a press release issued by Queensberry Promotions

Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

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