This morning Floyd Mayweather confirmed his next exhibition was due to take place on February 25 in UK against Muay Thai competitor, Liam Harrison.
But just hours after the announcement it’s come to light that the fight will no longer go ahead after Harrison pulled out due to injury.
‘Hitman’ Harrison boasts an impressive kickboxing record, with ninety wins and fifty stoppages in his one-hundred-and-seventeen fights and seemed to be next in line for a golden ticket exhibition fight against ‘TBE’.
However, on his Instagram, Harrison revealed that he has to withdraw from the fight, but hopes it can be made again in the future, The Mirror Reports.
“Many of you will have seen the announcement this morning about my fight against Floyd Mayweather.Devastatingly, my knee just won’t allow it. Discussions about the fight started a few days ago with the Mayweather team and I honestly thought I would be ok in a boxing fight, even with needing surgery on my knee.
“I upped my training as soon as discussions started and had some hard sparring and pads but almost immediately my knee had ballooned up and I can’t walk. Hitting pads is fine but the movement and agility needed to spar and especially fight just isn’t possible. My surgeon is in agreement that this won’t be possible, and I am absolutely heart broken.
“This fight and everything that would have come with it would have changed my life. Furthermore, no contract for this had been received or signed. I’m exclusively contracted to ONE and I had approached them for permission and sign off. Without receipt of the contract and ONE’s review and approval of this, nothing was confirmed.
“Floyd is the greatest boxer of all time and I would have wanted to put in a good account of myself. Not just for me but for the whole Muay-Thai community… I’m seriously flattered to have even be approached for this fight and I really think I could have done well in it. But, as things stand, I’m going to have to stick to my surgery next week. I really hope when I’m recovered we can make this fight happen.”
Tickets for the fight were set to go on sale next week for a fight at the O2 Arena on February 25th, a date which clashes with the rumoured fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury. However, with no opponent, it is unclear as to whether Mayweather will seek a new challenger or cancel the event all together.