Rotherham Heavyweight pulls out of Lane fight night
Heavyweight Kash Ali won't be looking to chalk up his 10th straight victory tomorrow night, as planned.
The Rotherham fighter was due to make his return to the sport at a Ryan Rhodes show against veteran Paul Butlin, who has fought the likes of Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora and former world title contender Albert Sosnowski.
But the 24-year-old has pulled out.
It is not entirely clear what the reason is, but it has nothing to do with fitness or injury, it seems, which hints at a disagreement over terms or conditions.
Ali had been sparring with people like David Price and Nathan Gorman before the planned show.
Rhodes’ bill is topped by Walkley-based southpaw Sam O’maison, 25 who has a W12 L1 record.
The trainer also has two local boxers who are making their debuts aged into their 30s.
Joel Palmer, 34, a tarmac layer from Gleadless, had been training with Rhodes for a few months before deciding to have a go at boxing professionally.
“I watched him bash up a professional in sparring and backed him to give it a go” said the trainer.
He is to fight Andy Neylon from Hull.
Chris Dutton, 32, a club DJ from Killamarsh, debuts after a few unlicensed fights. He fights Lincoln’s Mitch Mitchell. Dutton wote on social media: “I’ve put my heart and soul into this and I’m going to start my professional career with a bang.”
Sheffield bantam Loua Nassa takes on Mirfad Ahmeti.