The World Boxing Foundation welterweight title fight between Bongani "Cyclones" Mwelase and Anderson "The Black Panther" Clayton is off.
The fight was set to take place tonight at the Multipurpose Centre in Kestell, Free State, but the Brazilian fighter, who arrived here on Tuesday, failed the medical test.
Palesa Mosiea, general manager of Robs Promotions, described this as a huge setback. Her company, the Free State sports department and the office of the mayor, had left no stone unturned in making sure that their joint tournament happened.
It is part of Kestell's 100th anniversary celebrations.
"This is the second cancellation of a WBF fight we wanted to promote," said the distressed Mosiea yesterday.
WBF representative in Africa Howard Goldberg was not available for comment. His mobile phone was off.
Clearly Clayton did not do his medical test back home in Sao Paulo.
Nonetheless, Robs Promotions' "Ultimate Explosion" tournament will still go ahead with Gideon Buthelezi defending the SA flyweight belt against Tshepo Lefele in the main contest. It will be televised live on Blow by Blow at 9.30pm.
Bongani "Dancing Shoes" Mahlangu's WBA Pan African bantamweight belt will be on the line against Ugandan Martin Mubiru in another title fight. Mwelase, Mahlangu and Buthelezi are trained by Johnny du Plooy.
Action continues tomorrow at Emperors Palace where Golden Gloves and Gree Air Conditioners will stage their seven bouts.
IBF junior lightweight holder Cassius "Shy Guy" Baloyi will defend against Argentinian Javier Oswaldo Alvarez. Baloyi, 34, the smart boxer from Limpopo, will be taking part in his 23rd world title fight.
His closest predecessors here are former IBF junior featherweight king and IBO featherweight titleholder Vuyani Bungu, and former WBO and IBA junior flyweight, WBO and WBU flyweight holder "Baby Jake" Matlala - both at 18 fights - and former IBF and WBA junior lightweight champion Brian Mitchell at 14.
Baloyi's gym mate at Nick Durandt's camp, Malawian Isaac Chilembe, will oppose Ghanaian Charles Adamu for the vacant ABU super middleweight belt in the main supporting fight. There will be five more fights.
Action starts at 8pm. All these fights will be televised live on SuperSport.