Following reports this morning that WBA lightweight titlist Richar Abril has withdrawn from his contracted defense against Derry Mathews on Saturday April 18th at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, through illness, Queensberry Promotions has issued this statement.
“We have been made aware of Abril’s withdrawal and are in discussions with the World Boxing Association and representatives of Richar Abril as to the current position of the world title as this is the second time he has withdrawn from this fight with less than two weeks before fight night.
“We expect to hear from the WBA shortly and will make an announcement through this office. However, we fully expect Mathews to contest a version of the WBA World Championship on Saturday April 18th.”
So Frank Warren and company believe that Mathews will be able to fight somebody for the title on April 18th regardless after this. We’ll see how it plays out over the coming days, obviously, there’s only 9 days until fight night so not a lot of time to find a quality opponent at this stage.