The British Boxing Board of Control on Tuesday ruled rising junior featherweight contender Carl Frampton out of his fight on Saturday because of a perforated ear drum.
Frampton, 26, of Northern Ireland, was due to face former junior bantamweight world title challenger Everth Briceno (35-8-2, 26 KOs) of Nicaragua at Wembley Arena in London on the undercard of the heavyweight fight between former world title challenger Dereck Chisora (16-4, 10 KOs) of England and Malik Scott (35-0-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia.
"Bitterly disappointed to announce that Carl Frampton is out of his fight Saturday," manager Barry McGuigan tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. "The BBB of C have ruled he is unfit to fight."
Frampton (16-0, 11 KOs), the European champion at 122 pounds -- although that title was not going to be on the line Saturday -- -- said that he had the old ear injury flair up in a recent sparring session.
"I'm upset to have to announce that I have been ruled out of my fight on Saturday by the (British board)," Frampton tweeted. "A specialist initially informed me I was fit to box. (Tuesday) the BBB of C ruled me out. I'm so sorry, especially to the people who were coming to support me. It's been an amazing camp and I'm gutted that I wont be able to showcase my improvements in Wembley."
Frampton was originally scheduled to face Fabian Orozco (20-2-2, 7 KOs) of Argentina. However, Orozco got knocked out in the second round of a June 28 bout and was replaced by Briceno last week.
Frampton is coming off two of his most impressive performances, a sixth-round knockout of former junior featherweight world titleholder Steve Molitor in September and a ninth-round knockout of Kiko Martinez to win the European title in February.