Recent speculation that former world heavweight champion and conqueror of Lennox Lewis, Hasim Rahman, was coming to Manchester to fight Tyson Fury now looks to be dead in the water.
The undercard of Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title defence against European champion Paul McCloskey at the MEN Arena on April 16th looked like it might get bolstered by an intriguing prospect v veteran clash.
But reports from America say that Rahman's team, especially his trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, feel it's too short notice to take on a live opponent, especially as the American isn't in the best of shape physically. Rahman (pictured against Shannon Miller) hasn't boxed since October last year.
Further rumours say that Kali Meehan was offered a bout with Fury and accepted, only for the match to be turned down by Sky.