The Irishman was scheduled to fight Flanagan at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre on Saturday 13th December, but was today withdrawn by his trainer Paschal Collins following medical advice.
Undefeated Manchester star Flanagan will remain on the card and every effort will be made to search for a replacement opponent for him, further details will be announced shortly. The rest of the card remains unchanged.
Francis Warren of Fight Night Events and business partner Dennis Hobson are disappointed, but have vowed to put on a top quality show for the fans.
Warren said, “It’s disappointing to hear that Stephen has had to pull out of the fight due to a virus, but obviously his health is a priority and if he’s not fit to fight then he should withdraw. We’ll look to reschedule what is a fantastic showdown between two of the best lightweights in the domestic division for next year, but for now we’ll ensure that Terry’s hard work hasn’t gone to waste and he’ll still fight on the card.”