The rematch between Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr has been postponed for a second time this month.
The two were scheduled to collide for a second time at the Manchester Arena on 17 June but that date was pushed back after Smith suffered an injury in training.
A new date on 1 July was quickly agreed but that has also been shelved with the Liverpudlian still recovering from that knock.
BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom hopes the fight can be rearranged for later in the summer.
Savannah Marshall will now headline the 1 July show as she takes on undisputed super-middleweight champion Franchon Crews-Dezurn.
‘I’m gutted and sorry to all the fans about the postponement,’ Smith said.
‘I’ve always said a fully fit Liam Smith beats Chris Eubank Jr every time. I tried training through because I was desperate not to let anyone down but I’ve had to withdraw from the bout in July following the latest medical assessment this week.
‘I’ll heal up now and then be fully fit for later in the summer.’
Shalom added: ‘Nobody is more disappointed than Liam Smith, he’s the ultimate professional but he had no choice but to postpone the bout.
‘We’re working on a new date for the fight and hope to announce that in a week or so.’
Smith produced a stunning stoppage victory to beat Eubank in their first meeting in Manchester in June.
Smith knocked Eubank Jr down twice before the fight was stopped in the fourth round with the Brighton fighter dropped to the canvas for the first time in his career that night.
Eubank Jr triggered his rematch clause with the two coming face-to-face again at a press conference in April.
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