Stephen Simmons gutted as broken rib foils Camacho showdown

Stephen Simmons. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Stephen Simmons. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Share this article
Have your say

The eagerly-awaited boxing showdown between Edinburgh’s Stephen Simmons and Wadi Camacho on March 1 in Glasgow has been postponed after the former sustained a broken rib in training on Monday.

‘Simbo’, 29, was given the news he feared from doctors after suffering a blow to his chest during a sparring session, with a lay off period of four to six weeks expected for the WBC International cruiserweight champion.

Much hype had surrounded this particular bout on the Ricky Burns undercard after the pair were involved in a confrontational fracas during the press conference at Glasgow City’s Halls last month. Simmons had accused his opponent of disrespecting him on social network site Twitter.

However, injury has now put paid to Simmons defending his WBC title for now at least.

“It’s a nightmare,” a devastated Simmons said. “I had a boy up from England who I was sparring with and he’s thrown a shot that has just hit the side of my rib. I felt fine at the time, but when I started to throw my own shots, I could feel something in my ribs clicking. My manager Alex Morrison phoned (promoter) Eddie Hearn on Monday to tell him.

“No fight, no pay and yet again I’ve put money up for a camp and I don’t even get to fight. You need to be 100 per cent to do a job on him (Camacho). Being a boxer, you know injuries come with the sport but hopefully it will be re-arranged.

“I’d sold 800 tickets already and could have had over 1000 so it’s so disappointing. Eddie has said we’ll reschedule it so I’m hoping this is the case. I’d like to get the fight in before I get married on June 1.”