Joseph Parker is out of his fight with Dereck Chisora due to illness.
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the news on social media on Wednesday, noting that he is working on a suitable replacement for the Brit.
ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael said Parker has been ill for much of the week and unable to train after suffering a spider bite.
“He (Parker) and his team believe it was caused by a spider bite – so he has withdrawn from a fight with Dereck Chisora that was scheduled to take a place on October 26 (27th NZT),” he said.
The fight with Chisora had been in the works for months, with April originally targeted, but stalling from the Chisora camp led to Team Parker pulling out of contract talks.
Once Parker signed a three-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing, Hearn was able to step in and get the fight made.
Chisora had already to pull out of the fight himself, upset at not being the top billing on the card.
Parker and the 35-year-old slugger were schduled to play second fiddle to a super lightweight title fight at London’s 02 Arena.
“That’s not gonna work for me,” Chisora said at a recent press conference. “I’m not going to be chief support, that won’t work for me.
“I’m not going to sell out O2 for them guys to be the main event.
“These guys wouldn’t sell box office by themselves, so f**k that. Either you give me main event or pull me out of the f***ing show.
“I’m being serious, you want me to sell it out to the London crowd – my London fans – then put these little guys that no-one knows about on my show and mug me off.
Just last week Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry has revealed the former WBO champion has been put through the ringer during fight camp.
Chisora is known for his rough house tactics – something Barry was preparing Parker for.
“I’ve actually got some very good sparring guys,” Barry told Sky Sports UK. “I won’t name them. Guys who, one in particular, who is mimicking Chisora very well.
“Everything from leading with his head, using his elbows, and his forearms and low blows, and choking Joe with his arm, pushing Joe’s head down. All the fouls that we know Derek Chisora has as part of his skill-set.”