Harper-Braekhus off after ill challenger withdraws-News

Terri Harper (left) will fight in Manchester next week after Cecilia Braekhus withdrew

Englishwoman Terri Harper will defend against Cecilia Braekhus at the world championships in Dublin after withdrawing her opponent due to illness.

Harper was scheduled to defend her WBA light-middleweight title on the undercard of Chantelle Cameron v Katie Taylor.

Matchroom announced on Saturday that Norwegian Braekhus has left.

Harper, 26, will fight a week later on Leigh Wood’s undercard against world featherweight champion Mauricio Lara in Manchester.

Braekhus’ withdrawal means Taylor’s arrival at the 3Arena will now feature six fights on the undercard, with Irishman Gary Cully in the main event against Jose Felix in the lightweight championship.

It was the first time in seven years that a major boxing event had been held in Ireland.

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