Blackledge forced to withdraw from Liverpool show!

Luke Blackledge has his arm raised by the referee after beating Phill Fury (left)during the light middleweight bout at EventCity, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 12, 2011. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Luke Blackledge has his arm raised by the referee after beating Phill Fury (left)during the light middleweight bout at EventCity, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 12, 2011. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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Injury and illness has forced Elite Boxing’s Luke Blackledge to withdraw from his scheduled contest at Liverpool Olympia on July 25th.

The 24-year-old, recently crowned Commonwealth champion at 168lb, is on the road to recovery after catching impetigo in sparring and experiencing discomfort in his hands and elbow.

But the Clitheroe fighter’s comeback trail has been bettered by the treatment administered by Cryo Elements in Blackburn.

“I was gutted because it feels like I’ve not fought for so long,” he said. “It’s been a few months now but it feels a lot longer. It’s just general wear and tear of the body but the injuries were quite bad.

“It’s my hand and elbow so I’ve had lots of physio and treatment to try and heal them.

He added: “Cryo Therapy speeds up the healing process. I’ve been having that treatment which has been helping.

“It’s for any kind of injury and it works. It’s definitely something I would recommend for athletes or anybody with a bad injury.

“It will help repair it. I’m doing it for my elbow and my hand.”

Blackledge, who is expected to defend his latest acquisition on a televised show in September, has recently been offered match-ups against Patrick Nielsen for the WBA title as well as Australian Zac Dunn for the IBO world strap, though a break down in negotiations thwarted the latter.

Britain’s number six super-middleweight said: “I’ll fight anyone in the top 10 in the Commonwealth rankings. I’m ready to step up again,

“I’d be so fortunate to take any world title shot. It’s a big opportunity. But the negotiations broke down. I’ve been offered loads of fights and I’m getting a lot more attention now.”