Latvian boxing feud leaves John McCallum without a fight

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Edinburgh boxer John McCallum’s light heavyweight bout with Latvian Arturs Kulikauskis in Riga on Sunday has been postponed due to an internal issue over the host country’s boxing federation.

McCallum, 27, has been informed the fight will no longer take place after a divide in the sport’s governing body has left the organisation in disarray.

The British Boxing Board of Control has subsequently stepped in to prohibit any British boxer from travelling to this part of Eastern Europe until the situation has been resolved.

“I am absolutely gutted,” McCallum moaned.

“I’ve trained non-stop since my last win over Mitch Mitchell in March. But I’m still going to go out and meet my manager [Steve Goodwin] in Russia to discuss my next move.

“Hopefully I can get a title fight in London as soon as possible. I’m in the best shape of my career.”