Sorry, fans of heavyweight boxing, of Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez. The Cuban big boy hurt his shoulder, and can't go against the Philly contender, according to a release sent out by Jennings' promoter, Gary Shaw (below).
JENNINGS vs. PEREZ CANCELLED DUE TO PEREZ SUFFERING SHOULDER INJURY
Corpus Christ, TX (May 9, 2014) The World Boxing Council Heavyweight Eliminator between BRYANT "By By" JENNINGS and MIKE "The Rebel" PEREZ scheduled for May 24th at the American Bank Arena and telecast on HBO has been cancelled due to Perez suffering a shoulder injury while training.
At the present time the entire show in Corpus Christi TX, has been cancelled.
"I was floored when I got the call this morning from Perez's manager Patrick Thomas that he injured his shoulder in sparring," Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. "Mike is flying back to Ireland to see a shoulder specialist. I'm hoping to hear good news that the injury is not too serious and the fight can be rescheduled in the near future. I know Mike is devastated because of this setback but looks forward to continuing his dream of marching toward a WBC world title fight."
"When I received the news this afternoon that Perez got injured I felt so bad for Bryant because I know how hard he trained for this fight and how much he was looking forward to fighting for this WBC elimination bout," said Gary Shaw. "I'm hope for that Perez's is minor and we can get these guys back in the ring in a timely manner."
This leaves other fighters on the show in a lurch. What about that middleweight clash, pitting Irish-Brit Matthew Macklin and Aussie Daniel Geale? Are they just out of luck, all that training and food deprivation down the drain? According to Macklin advisor Anthony Catanzaro, kinda sorta yes. "I got a call from DiBella Entertainment that the main event was off, and HBO decided to go dark. I spoke to Peter Nelson (of HBO) and he confirmed it. Assuming there was another spot, on another card, for Macklin's fight, there is not the money, it's not sufficient to satisfy both sides," he said, when I wondered if possibly the middleweight clash could get glued onto the June 7 MSG show, co-promoted by DiBella and Top Rank.
Theater of the unexpected can be a big-time bummer, and the collateral damage often goes beyond what many ponder on the surface.