Make no mistake, having to withdraw from his scheduled clash versus Derek Chisora is merely prolonging the inevitable as far as Joseph Parker is concerned.
The New Zealander (26-2, 20 KOs) is suffering from illness, Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn said.
Derek Chisora has already been targeted by a number of the world's top heavyweights after Joseph Parker's withdrawal - and a new opponent will be named in the next few days.
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The report stated that Parker had been bitten by a spider last week, and had been unable to train as a result.
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the news on Twitter on Tuesday night, while also announcing that Chisora will still fight on the card.
The exact nature of his illness is still unknown, and Parker is reportedly undergoing tests to determine the extent of the illness.
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Reports out of the United States suggest Parker's illness may have been caused by a spider bite. The Oct. 26 bout with Chisora would've also aired live on the platform along with Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom, serving as the chief support to the World Boxing Super Series 140-pound finals between unbeaten titlists Regis Prograis (24-0, 20KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12KOs).
His most notable bouts in Britain have come against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, both of whom defeated Parker in 2018.
He too is on a two-fight wins break, after beating Alexander Flores and Alex Leapai. Once medical clearance is given, Parker wants the fight promptly rescheduled.
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Group C is hardly a mouth-watering prospect either, with Dinamo, Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta not exactly alluring fixtures. Sergio Aguero should be fit enough to start, especially after he was rested during the weekend, so to speak.