Sam Sexton pulls out of British heavyweight title fight against Gary Cornish due to injury

Sam Sexton in action at The Halls during his victory over Hari Miles. Picture: Jerry Daws/Stillfocus

Sam Sexton in action at The Halls during his victory over Hari Miles. Picture: Jerry Daws/ - Credit: Jerry Daws/stillfocused

Sam Sexton's British heavyweight title fight against Gary Cornish has been postponed after the Norwich man suffered a back injury.

Sexton was due to take on Cornish for the vacant belt at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell on Saturday - the same night Liam Walsh faces off against Gervonta Davis for the world super-featherweight title.

But Sexton, whose last bout was over a year ago when he beat Hari Miles at The Halls, has been forced to pull out on medical advice.

Cornish's promoter, Paul Graham, admitted to his frustration after cancelling the entire show, but hopes the fight can be rescheduled for later this year.

'I'm absolutely gutted for Gary because he had a real chance of becoming Scotland's first-ever British heavyweight champion - and on home soil too.

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'But we've been left with no choice other than to cancel the show because Sexton has pulled out.

'His manager hasn't spoken to me, but he called the British Boxing Board of Control to say that Sexton has had to withdraw on medical advice.

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'I don't yet know what that means and whether it's injury or illness which has forced him out, but I'm sure I'll find out in due course when he supplies his medical certificate.

'We'll await confirmation that Sexton is back in training in due course and hopefully look to reschedule early next season, in September or October.

'It's a real disappointment for all the other boxers on the bill and Scottish fans in general, but it's just too late draft in a replacement to face Gary in a fight of this magnitude.'

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