Maloney claims Dickinson v Gutknecht was 'never on'

Promoter Frank Maloney has denied claims by Sauerland Events that Co. Durham light heavyweight Travis Dickinson pulled out of a fight against former EBU champion Eduard Gutknecht this coming Saturday.

Sauerland Events claimed last week that the Dickinson had ducked out of facing the former European light-heavyweight champion in Berlin.

But Dickinson's promoter Frank Maloney says: “The fight was never on.

“I had a call from another British promoter offering the fight because one of his boxer’s had turned it down.

“Of course, it is a fight Travis would like but he would not have been ready in time so we never took the fight.”

Gutknecht, who lost his EBU belt to former WBO champion Juergen Braehmer in February, will now face Uruguayan Richard Vidal at the Max Schmeling Halle. 

Maloney said that if the fight could be made later this year, Dickinson would be willing to travel.

He added: “Travis was back in the gym, but would not have been ready at pretty short notice.

“It is a tough fight. Gutknecht is a world class fighter whose only losses have come against Juergen Braehmer and Robert Stieglitz.

“Give Travis time for a proper training camp and he will be willing to come to Germany.”


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