(London, United Kingdom | Thursday, November 13, 2014) - Philip Mulpeter (pictured) has pulled out of his welterweight bout against Tom Breese, which was scheduled to take place at Cage Warriors 74 at the Copper Box Arena in London this Saturday, November 15.
Mulpeter sustained a cut above his left eye in training on Tuesday evening, and CWFC
officials were informed by e-mail of his decision to withdraw at 4:59pm GMT yesterday (Wednesday, November 12).
The incident occurred as a result of a clash of heads with a team-mate, during what Mulpeter’s camp described as “light sparring drills”.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has succeeded in securing a replacement opponent for Tom Breese, however, with 22-year-old Frenchman Thibaud Larchet (6-1) stepping in at short notice for his CWFC debut.
Larchet will fly in to London from Nice tomorrow morning, and the clash with Breese is still scheduled as a welterweight (170lbs) contest.
“Hats off to our matchmaker Ian Dean for sourcing a replacement at the last minute, and to Tom Breese for accepting the change of opponent in these circumstances,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.
“While this situation has resulted in us taking a hit financially, I’m just happy that we’ve been able to ensure that a fighter’s eight-week training camp wasn’t for nothing, and that another fighter has been given a great opportunity to compete on such a big stage.
“I wish Philip Mulpeter a speedy recovery, but I was disappointed to learn that he was sparring three days before a weigh-in, which doesn’t seem wise to me. The fans are now missing out on what was a highly-anticipated bout.
“But that’s the sport. We’ll move on, as we’ve always done, and I’m looking forward to seeing Tom Breese make his long-awaited CWFC debut against an opponent who comes in from France with a very good reputation.”
Meanwhile, CWFC officials remain hopeful of securing a replacement opponent for Arnold Allen today, after the English featherweight saw two previous opponents withdraw inside the past week.
Cage Warriors 74 (order TBC)
Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Eeva Siiskonen
Julien Boussuge vs. Joseph Duffy
Saul Rogers vs. Mick Sinclair
Tom Breese vs. Thibaud Larchet
Andy Manzolo vs. Bola Omoyele
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler
Sean Carter vs. Tim Wilde
Arnold Allen vs. TBC
Pelu Adetola vs. Darren Stewart
Paul Marin vs. Scott Pooley
James Hurrell vs. Carl Kinslow
Steve McCombe vs. Nathaniel Wood
Emma Delaney vs. Anna Elmose
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