Jayson Velez suffered a sprained ankle getting out of a pool, and his March 2 fight with WBC featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce De Leon is off. The fight was scheduled to headline a Showtime-televised card from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
Velez (20-0, 15 KO) was going to be receiving his first world title shot, one fight after the 24-year-old Puerto Rican prospect beat Salvador Sanchez II with ease in his Showtime debut on the Cotto-Trout undercard. It's yet another blow to the early 2013 boxing schedule, which has seen several fights either canceled or postponed, including Devon Alexander-Kell Brook (twice) and Johnathon Banks-Seth Mitchell II.
It's not yet known if the show will go on as scheduled without the original main event. Richard Abril and Sharif Bogere were set to fight for the vacant WBA lightweight title, and Gary Russell Jr was scheduled to face Vyacheslav Gusev on the card. Usually, it would seem likely that the card would be canceled, but we've seen Lucas Matthysse vs Mike Dallas Jr headline on Showtime this year, and Cornelius Bundrage-Ishe Smith will be the main event in a couple weeks, so it's possible that the show will stay on the schedule. Hopefully, it does. At this point, we're becoming starved to get any premium network boxing. Those subscriptions don't pay for themselves.
Update (10:15 pm EST): According to a report at BoxingScene.com, the show will go on.