Freak arm injury forces opponent out of Maxi Hughes fight

Maxi Hughes
Maxi Hughes

Maxi Hughes was left frustrated yesterday after opponent Joseph Laryea was forced out of their scheduled bout in Sheffield tonight.

Laryea suffered a freak arm injury after slipping in the toilet of a Turkish airport between flights into the UK.

Unable to lift his left arm, the Ghanaian fighter was forced to withdraw from the fight by his trainer.

Promoter Dave Coldwell was busy yesterday attempting to find another opponent for Rossington lightweight Hughes, who was understandably angry.

Hughes said: “I’m fuming about this and I just can’t believe what’s happened.

“It seems such a stupid thing to happen. I’m just gutted that the fight is off.

“I’ve focused so hard and worked my socks off for this fight. It was such a big opportunity for me and I’ve done all I can to be ready for it.”

Former British featherweight champion Paul Appleby is one opponent that has been suggested for Hughes and Coldwell was exploring the possibility.

Hughes said: “That would be a good fight for me if Dave can make it happen at short notice.

“My preparations won’t be ideal because I’d prepared to be at the weight perfectly for the weigh in on Thursday afternoon.

“I’d have piled the weight back on after the weigh in but now I’m going to have to manage it until Friday.

“But I want to fight. I’ll have lost five weeks wages training for a fight that never came off otherwise.

“I want to get in there and at least be able to take my frustration out on someone.”

The clash with Laryea was set to be a key part of Coldwell’s Unleashed show at iceSheffield, headlined by Rotherham’s Chad Gaynor.