National Super Middleweight champion Terry Russell will now face hot prospect Lloyd Miller at the Alexandra Palace on Saturday March 14th, in a blockbuster first defence of his crown.
The 21-year-old champion was originally set to face Kieran Leinster down at Middleweight for a shot at the British title in the co main event of the spectacular Thunder In London show, but after the withdrawal of Leinster by his coach, Russell will now face an even more exciting test against Miller who looked impressive in despatching veteran Paul Morby at the beginning of the month at the Rise Of The Warriors season opener.
Russell produced a career best performance last time out to defeat Poland's Artur Gorka in a sizzling main event showdown at the Epsom Racecourse, and the champion will need to be at his very best to see off the challenge of Miller who carries considerable power at the weight.
Talking ahead of the clash on March 14th which has been made at a catch-weight of 11st 10lbs to allow the winner to also challenge for the British Middleweight title promoter Alan Foley said: " Russell versus Leinster looked like an explosive combination, but Russell versus Miller will be even bigger and I really believe this has the potential to steal the show in the capital.
" Terry Russell is just one of those throw back fighters who holds no fear of facing any fighter regardless of reputation, and even though Miller enters the contest with a solid reputation, Russell won't be phased by that in the slightest and will take the fight to Miller from the opening bell.
When asked about the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of Leinster Foley responded " Its a real shame that Leinster will be leaving the competition as he was an exciting fighter who looked on the cusp of great things, and after the defeat to Gareth Gardner last time out at the Season 4 finale he looked determined to secure a second shot at the champion and get redemption for his first career loss.
" Unfortunately the decision was taken by Leinster's coach Peter Simon to withdraw him from the bout after another of the Combat Companies boxers did not get the decision in a very close contest at the opening show of the season, and it seems that Simon was reluctant to risk Leinster getting involved in another tough fight against a very live opponent in Russell.
" Its hard not to get excited about this next event as not only is there some incredible title action and a host of the competitions rising stars appearing on the bill, you've also got the next generation of new signings appearing who will be putting everything on the line to win.