Former super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham suffered an elbow injury in training and has withdrawn from his rematch against Martin Murray, promoter Kalle Sauerland told ESPN on Wednesday.
Abraham and Murray were due to meet on the undercard of the Luis Ortiz-Malik Scott heavyweight fight on Nov. 12 (HBO) at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Sauerland said that Abraham will be sidelined for at least three weeks.
Sauerland said he was not sure if the bout would be rescheduled, because Abraham might have the opportunity to face former light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) in a super middleweight world title eliminator.
"We'll keep our cards open for the next [few] days to see what will be next," Sauerland said.
Murray expects to stay on the Matchroom Boxing card against a new opponent.
"My rematch with Abraham is off due to him being injured," he said. "Just in the process of sorting another opponent now."
Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs), 36, of Germany, won a split decision against Murray in a November 2015 super middleweight world title defense in Germany. Abraham lost the 168-pound belt in his next fight to Mexico's Gilberto Ramirez and rebounded with a win on July 16, stopping Tim Robin Lihaug in the eighth round.
The 34-year-old Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs), of England, bounced back with a win after the loss to Abraham, but he then lost his next bout, a unanimous 12-round decision to countryman George Groves on June 25.
The Nov. 12 card also features a pair of world title fights on the undercard: bantamweight titlist Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs), of England, taking on Venezuela's Liborio Solis (25-4-1, 11 KOs); and junior lightweight titleholder Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), of Camden, New Jersey, defending his belt against England's Stephen Smith (24-2, 14 KOs).