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Ovill McKenzie withdraws from Marco Huck fight

Ovill McKenzie has pulled out of the IBO title fight against Marco Huck citing illness.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

This weekend's scheduled IBO title fight between Marco Huck and Ovill McKenzie is on hold after McKenzie pulls out of the bout, citing what his management calls acute dizziness. McKenzie issued the following statement after the news broke.

"I was ready to give the performance of my career and cause a real upset against a great champion. I strongly believe that I would have beaten Huck brought the IBO belt back to England with me but it wasn't to be.

"I am sorry to all of my fans who booked tickets, flights and hotels to watch me fight. Medical advice from health professionals cannot be ignored and I believe that we have made the correct decision to withdraw. I hope the fight can be rescheduled."

Huck, however, has a sneaking suspicion that this was a deliberate ploy from McKenzie who he thinks is just scared to face him inside the ring, telling WBN:

"Of course I am very disappointed as I have been preparing for this fight and I felt really good and in great shape. I wanted to show everyone that I am not just a puncher but also a good boxer. I feel really sorry for all the fans who wanted to come to the arena or watch the fight in front of their screens. And although injuries and illness can always happen, especially in the sport of boxing, I can't shake off the feeling that McKenzie is just petrified of facing me. This is part of boxing and I won't let it stop me."

Word from promoters is that they will try to reschedule the fight as soon as possible. But if McKenzie has to sit out for longer than they are willing to wait, they'll just move on to another opponent to have Huck back in the ring before the end of the year.

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