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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Bey, O'Connor out of TV fights

By Dan Rafael

One fighter is ill and one is injured, situations that have caused both to withdraw from upcoming televised fights.

Lightweight Mickey Bey (19-1-1, 9 KOs) has fallen ill and was forced on Tuesday to pull out of his fight against Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs). They were scheduled to meet Friday night in the co-feature of Showtime’s “ShoBox: The Generation” quadrupleheader at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y.

The Floyd Mayweather-promoted card will go on with the other three televised bouts (9:30 p.m. ET/PT). In the main event, super middleweight J’Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) faces Vladine Biosse (15-2-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Super middleweight Badou Jack (16-0, 9 KOs) will meet Dereck Edwards (26-3-1, 13 KOs), also scheduled for 10 rounds, and middleweight Chris Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Lanardo Tyner (31-8-2, 20 KOs) in the scheduled eight-round opener.

Meanwhile, welterweight Danny O’Connor (23-2, 7 KOs) suffered a left elbow injury in training, forcing him to pull out of a March 17 fight with Andrew Farmer (17-2, 7 KOs). The bout was supposed to headline a special St. Patrick’s edition of “Golden Boy Live” (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m. ET) at the House of Blues in Boston.

Instead, middleweight Julian Williams (14-0-1, 8 KOs) will face former welterweight title challenger Freddy Hernandez (30-6, 20 KOs) in the main event.