Former cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Wlodarczyk is ill and has withdrawn from his rematch against titleholder Grigory Drozd, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, Wlodarczyk's co-promoter, told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
"He is sick. He has been bedridden for a week and having trouble getting rid of the infection," Margules said.
The fight was scheduled to take place on May 22 in Moscow on the undercard of the heavyweight title elimination bout between Russia's Alexander Povetkin (28-1, 20 KOs), a former titleholder, and Ireland-based Cuban defector Mike Perez (21-1-1, 13 KOs), who are fighting for the right to become the mandatory challenger for titleholder Deontay Wilder.
Organizers are looking for a replacement opponent to face Russia's Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs), who convincingly outpointed Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs), of Poland, in September to win the belt.