Cardle injured and Buckland fight postponed

Cardle injured and Buckland fight postponed

Scott Cardle (18-0, 5KO) has suffered an injury ahead of his fight against Cardiff’s Gary Buckland (30-6, 10KO) and withdrawn from the date.

As revealed by BoxingWales.com, the reigning British lightweight champion has injured a leg, meaning he won’t make the first defence of his title. It was then confirmed this morning that Cardle sustained a tear in his quadriceps.

Cardle and Buckland were scheduled to meet on Saturday 19 September at the Liverpool Olympia as the Chief Support for Matchroom Sport’s ‘The World Awaits’ show, live on Sky Sports. The Welshman will now face Birkenhead’s once-beaten Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd (9-1, 2KO) on the same show and the winner will face Cardle on 7 November at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Buckland said: “Sorry to all the boxing fans who was looking forward to my fight on Saturday. Cardle has pulled out with an injury. I am still boxing on that show it will be an eight rounder.”

Tony Borg, Buckland’s trainer, said: “British lightweight champion Scott Cardle has pulled out of his title defence this Saturday against Welsh Dynamo Gary Buckland with an injury… Gary will still feature on Saturday’s show on Sky Sports against an opponent to be confirmed. Watch this space.”

On Sunday 6 September, Cardle took part in a charity football match, representing Celtic FC against Dunfermline Athletic FC in a memorial event for Jock Stein, the famed former Scottish player and manager who died in Cardiff’s old Ninian Park in 1985.

However, Matchroom Sport announced that the injury was sustained in his final spar this week. Cardle collected the title in May with a competitive points decision victory over Blackwood’s Craig Evans (15-1, 4KO), a stablemate of Buckland’s at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport.

Buckland, a former British champion at super-featherweight, last fought in June when he stopped an oversized and overmatched George Gachechiladze in three routine rounds at the Newport Centre.

Buckland’s appearance will coincide with the 35th anniversary of the final fight of Welsh legend Johnny Owen, the famous ‘Matchstick Man’ from Merthyr Tydfil who suffered fatal injuries in a world title challenge to Mexican Lupe Pintor in 1980.

Also on the show in Liverpool, North Wales’ Prizefighter tournament winner Tom ‘Dazzlin’ Doran (15-0, 5KO) will face Barnsley’s Matthew ‘Buster’ Mallin (9-3-1, 2KO) in an eight round light-middleweight contest.

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