Chris Ubank Jr. says the news of his fight cancellation was ‘surreal’ but the middleweight contestant still plans to return to the ring this month.
On Saturday morning, Ubank Jr. was told that replacement opponent Anatoly Muratov was not allowed to fight for medical reasons and that the fight had to be canceled.
The 322-year-old was originally due to face Sowen Elbir, who tested positive for Covid-1 for him and expressed his disbelief at the dramatic suspension of Ubank Jr.
Fighting off My opponent fell ill later this month and has now failed medical tests. Sadly everyone who buys 2 tickets is not more disappointed than me. Life goes on 2 Throw these obstacles on me but I am a believer man, in the end everything will be fine how it is supposed to be 2
– Chris Ubank Jr. (h Chris EbankJR) October 2, 2021
He said Sky Sports News: “Nothing like this has happened in my career. The first opponent gets Kovid, the second opponent fails medically on the day of the fight. It’s surreal. It doesn’t seem real.”
“Everything happened for a reason and now the plan is to fight in two weeks
“Listen, I’m back in the gym tomorrow morning. I’ll never go on like this and then I’ll be ready for the next fight, which will be in a few weeks.
“There are plenty of opponents and it will be a good fight. It will be the right fight.”
UBank Jr. is targeting IBF world champion Gennadiy Golovkin, but is expected to get a mandatory WBA title shot.
“There were and still are plans to fight in December,” he said. “We have to fight this month, so that I can get enough time to rest and then do a new training camp for a fight in December.
“It’s very important to get out and fight this month, because a big name or world title fight is waiting for me in December.”