Super middleweight titlist Fedor Chudinov suffered a broken nose during a recent sparring session, forcing his July 24 defense against Frank Buglioni to be postponed, Buglioni promoter Frank Warren announced Monday.
Russia's Chudinov (13-0, 10 KOs), 27, and Buglioni (16-1-1, 12 KOs), 26, of England, were due to headline a card at SSE Wembley Arena in London.
Chudinov was due to make the first defense of the vacant belt he won via upset split decision against Felix Sturm in Germany on May 9. Warren said the fight will be rescheduled when Chudinov is ready to go.
"This is a real gutter, and I'm bitterly disappointed," Buglioni said. "It's frustrating to know that I have to wait a little longer until I get to Chudinov, but the main thing is I will get him. I would question, though, how Chudinov broke his nose if he was wearing the correct head protection with bars to protect his nose. My training has been perfect up to now and so is the weight, so it's such a shame this has happened now."
Warren said the July 24 card will go on with Buglioni to remain on the show. He will face a replacement opponent to be determined, Warren said.
"It's a real shame that Fedor has suffered this injury with only two weeks to go until the fight, but this is boxing, and injuries happen," Warren said. "It doesn't make it any easier on Frank, who has been training his heart out in Ireland, but he will still fight on the show against a new opponent, and Fedor is locked in to fight Frank next."
Said Vlad Hrunov, Chudinov's promoter, "Fedor is devastated to have suffered this injury so close to the fight, as he was looking forward to coming to England and defending his world title for the first time. When Fedor has recovered, we will come to England and honor our obligation and fight Buglioni."