Cromer fighter Ryan Walsh’s rematch against Isaac Lowe is off
PUBLISHED: 11:18 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 02 October 2018
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British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh’s rematch against Isaac Lowe in Manchester next month is off.
Lowe (15-0-3, 5 KOs) has pulled out of the fight after gaining a spot on the undercard of the heavyweight title clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in Los Angeles.
Cromer’s Walsh (22-2-2, 11 KOs) and Lowe faced off for the Lonsdale belt on the George Groves-Chris Eubank Jr bill in February with the fight ending in a draw after scores of 115-115, 116-114 and 114-115 from judges Michael Alexander, Steve Gray and Marcus McDonnell respectively.
A rematch had been arranged but Lowe revealed on Twitter that the fight was off so he could fulfil a lifelong dream of fighting across the Atlantic.
“I just want to say I’m very sorry to the fans and the Walsh team for pulling out of this fight. I really did want to beat Ryan and put the draw right and get that British belt, but I had a chance to fulfil a lifelong dream to box in America on the world’s biggest heavyweight fight.
More details soon. This is just something I could not turn down. Hopefully I win this fight and it will set me up for some big fights next year and hopefully me and Ryan can get it on again.”
The British champion responded with his own Tweet: “Any featherweights. I have a date, I have a venue, I need an opponent. Contact Matchroom Boxing.”
Walsh won the vacant British title against Samir Mouneimne back in September 2015 with a split decision verdict.
The brother to former world title challenger Liam has since defended it against Darren Traynor, James Tennyson, Marco McCullough and Lowe.
The 32-year-old is desperate for a step up and a move away from British title level but it remains to be seen who he will be facing in the opposite corner in over five weeks’ time.