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Injury forces Swindon cruiserweight Bennett out of Oasis show
INJURY has forced cruiserweight Lawrence Bennett out of Friday night’s Fright Night show at the Oasis Leisure Centre.
Bennett, who turns 31 at the end of this month, has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Czech rival Jindrich Velecky because of a hand injury.
The Swindon boxer confirmed he is out of Friday night’s show but revealed his injured left hand is not broken. Bennett will now see a specialist to determine what damage has been sustained.
“It’s annoying,” said Bennett. “But these things happen in boxing, it’s just one of those things.
“I hurt it in sparring and it just wasn’t worth taking a risk with it.
“I went to the hospital and they told me it wasn’t broken which is good but it looks like ligament damage. I’ve now got to see a specialist to see how long I will be out for.”
Bennett however is remaining positive and anticipates returning to full fitness in around eight weeks.
“I stay positive with these sorts of things,” added Bennett. “In adversity I think it’s best to treat it as all part of the learning curve.
“I’ll bounce back and I’ll stay fit in the meantime.”
KM Promotions manager-promoter Keith Mayo was disappointed to lose the exciting Bennett from his card, saying: “Lawrence suffered an injury last week and it proved too close to fight night for him to recover.
“It is a shame for Lawrence because he has trained hard for the fight and we were looking forward to seeing him win his fifth straight fight.
“It’s a shame to lose Lawrence from the bill and it’s too late to replace the bout now.
“I don’t think the injury is too serious though and I’m sure we’ll see him back in action very soon.”
Friday night’s show sees Penhill boxer Kelvin Young defend his Southern Area super-middleweight title against Sam Couzens.
Young has previously lost to Couzens in a non-title bout and Mayo declared it a must-win fight for Young.
“Kelvin is putting his title on the line against a man who has already beaten him,” added Mayo.
“Things weren’t right with Kelvin last time against Sam Couzens but he is in the best shape I’ve ever seen him this time so he can have no excuses.”
Tickets for Friday’s show are still available. Visit www.kmpromotions.co.uk for further information.
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