Warrior Promotions have confirmed to BoxingWales that Wayne Brooks has pulled out of his Welsh title fight with Craig Kennedy but the show will go on. Brooks and Kennedy were due to meet in a Cardiff cruiserweight derby at the capital’s Sport Wales National Centre in Sophia Gardens on Friday but a back injury has derailed the plans. After some last minute match making to save the seven fight show, Kennedy (6-0, 4KO) will now step up to heavyweight to face Rolandas Cesna (3-16-1) for the International Bronze Masters title over an eight round distance. Matchmaker Sammy Sims, who was training Brooks, said, “We were in the gym and he was doing his ten-threes, looking awesome and as fit as he’s ever been. I had him doing ten mile runs in an hour and fifteen minutes, he was ready. “We did ten-threes on the bag and he was moving his body like he hasn’t before. Then, he did one tuck jump and his back went, all the hard work went down the drain. He went to a specialist and he had a look at it but he had to pull out of the fight, it couldn’t get better in time.” Sims is still hopeful of Hari Miles replacing Brooks and the official cut off point for that fight is 4PM today but Miles has told BoxingWales that he will not be stepping in at such short notice.

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