JOSHUA BUATSI has pulled out of his fight with Blake Caparello, with Martin Bakole taking his place on the Katie Taylor undercard fight.
The Ghanaian-born British star, 26, has revealed his disappointment in having to pull out, but admitted it was for the best.
1 Martin Bakole has replaced Joshua Buatsi for the Blake Caparello fight
Nov 2 update: Due to illness, @boxingbuatsi has been ruled out of his fight vs Caparello, bout to be [email protected] replaces Buatsi on the show, opponent announced shortly.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) October 25, 2019
Now Bakole, also 26, will take his place on the undercard of the Taylor fight, taking on Caparello in Manchester.
Matchroom Boxing confirmed the news, tweeting: "Nov 2 update: Due to illness, @boxingbuatsi has been ruled out of his fight vs Caparello, bout to be re-arranged.
"@MartinBakole17 replaces Buatsi on the show, opponent announced shortly."
Meanwhile, Buatsi revealed his frustration, taking to Twitter to say: "I was advised to wait until a replacement fight was lined up.
"But unfortunately due to illness and after speaking with doctors, I have had to pull out of my fight against Blake Caparello on November 2nd at the Manchester Arena.
"I am so disappointed to not be able to fight in front of the Manchester fans as it was a challenge I was realising.
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"I just haven’t been able to train at the intensity required to fight.
"I plan to rest up and get back in the gym as soon as possible. More news coming soon."
Bakole, a former sparring partner of Anthony Joshua. swiftly took to social media himself, as he tweeted a series of emojis sharing his excitement at the late call.