Former featherweight titlist Billy Dib suffered a left hand injury during a recent sparring session, forcing him off of the David Haye-Mark De Mori undercard on Jan. 16 at the O2 Arena in London.
Australia’s Dib (39-4, 23 KOs) was due to face Jamie Speight (13-8, 1 KO), of England, in a 10-round junior lightweight bout in what would have been Dib’s first fight since then-junior lightweight titleholder Takashi Miura knocked him out in the third round in May in Tokyo.
“It is with great regret that I announce I’ve been ruled out of my fight due to an injury I suffered during training camp,” Dib said on Monday. “Big thanks to all the amazing boxing fans in the UK God willing I’ll be back soon.”
Not only did the card lose its co-feature, but Haye’s Hayemaker Promotions has not secured a television deal for the show, which might instead stream live on YouTube.
England’s Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), the former unified cruiserweight world champion and a former heavyweight titlist, will be fighting for the first time in 3½ years when he faces De Mori (30-1-2, 26 KOs). Haye has only fought twice since 2010, a one-sided decision to then-heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a unification fight in July 2011 and a fifth-round knockout victory against Dereck Chisora in July 2012.