Promoter Gary Shaw and HBO thought they had a deal for heavyweight Mariusz Wach to face American up-and-comer Bryant Jennings on Jan. 18 -- until Wach and promoter Global Boxing Promotions pulled out on Friday.
Shaw told ESPN.com that he has “no clue” why Wach and his team pulled out of the fight, but that he had prepared a contract reflecting the terms they had agreed to.
“I prepared the (provision-of-services agreement) and hand-delivered it along with a bout agreement on Wednesday afternoon,” Shaw said. “They pulled out on Friday with no reason (given). Global Boxing Promotions told (HBO’s) Peter Nelson we had a deal and that is what I put in (the agreement).”
Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) is due to fight on the undercard of the Jan. 18 matchup between former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute at the Bell Centre in Montreal in his first fight since recently signing with Shaw and co-promoter Antonio Leonard.
Wach (27-1, 15 KOs), who is from Poland but based in New Jersey, figured to be a solid test for Jennings. Wach went the distance with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a one-sided loss to him in November 2012. Wach, however, had not fought since because he tested positive for steroids after the fight and was suspended.
With Wach out, the search is on for a new opponent to face Jennings. Shaw said some potential opponents have been rejected by HBO (such as Travis Kauffman and Lateef Kayode) while Main Events declined the fight for Czar Glazkov.