A training injury to Evander Holyfield has forced the postponement of the ex-champion's scheduled June 10 bout with fellow American John Ruiz for the vacant WBA heavyweight crown.
Holyfield suffered a rib injury during workouts in Houston. He was set to try and become a world champion for the fourth time in Nevada at Caesar's Palace by claiming the piece of the world crown stripped from Britain's Lennox Lewis.
The Holyfield-Ruiz bout had sparked little interest, with Lewis regarded as the undisputed champion after a second-round knockout of Michael Grant in April at New York.
Lewis is set to defend his World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles in London next month against South Africa's Francois Botha.
Holyfield, 37, has a 36-4 record with one draw, that a controversial outcome against Lewis in New York in March of last year that enabled him to keep his crowns until Lewis took them with a unanimous decision last November.
Promoter Don King had been trying to stage this bout since he went to court in New York and had Lewis stripped of the WBA crown for facing Grant instead of Ruiz.
This is not the first time a King fight with low pre-fight interest has not come off. A Holyfield title matchup against Britain's Henry Akinwande in New York was wiped out when the challenger was found to have hepatitis - (AFP)
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