Audley Harrison’s clash with Ali Adams has been postponed after the former Olympic champion suffered an elbow injury in training.
The fight, which was due to take place on 14 April at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, has been rescheduled for 26 May at the same venue.
Wembley heavyweight Harrison, 40, has not fought since losing a one-sided world title showdown with David Haye in November 2010.
“I’m so frustrated to pick up this injury just when I’d started to step up my training with sparring,” said Harrison.
“Even though I’m 40 years young, and ring rust is not easy to shake off, I felt good in sparring. Ali Adams has talked himself into a lot of trouble come 26 May.”
Adams, who was born in Iraq and lives in Chelsea, has pledged to end the much-maligned Harrison’s career when they eventually meet.
“All Audley is doing is putting of the inevitable,” said the 30-year-old.
“He now gets six weeks longer to call himself a professional boxer before I retire him once and for all.”
Promoter Steve Goodwin added: “It is the correct decision to postpone the bout rather than continue with the card with Ali just having a warm-up.
“The boxing public have come forward in their droves to support this fantastic card and they must get what they paid for.”