Devastated Matty Tew has seen his big title shot fall through after failing to make the weight.
The Southampton lightweight was forced to pull out of tonight’s televised clash with Ruben Movsesian for the vacant International Masters strap after finally admitting defeat in his bid to hit his target for a day before weigh-in.
It is a massive blow for Tew who has earned the contest the hard way, notching up 11 wins from 11 fights.
However, the fighter insists he will learn from it and come back stronger.
He said: “I am absolutely gutted.
“I thought the last pounds would come off easily but it just wasn’t happening.
“It’s been a big learning curve for me.
“I’ve been making weight in boxing since I was ten-years-old but to tell the truth it has got harder as I’ve got older. I’m 30 next month and it’s certainly got a lot harder rather than any easier.
“My body just didn’t want me to lose those last pounds. I’m gutted about it.
“I will go up to London next week to sit down face-to-face with my manager Mickey Helliet and see if I can get this fight again.
“It might be that I won’t get the television exposure if it is made again which is so disappointing for me but I will have to accept that.
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