The proposed fight between Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero on March 5 in Anaheim, Calif., is off because of the devastating floods in Katsidis’ native Australia.
Katsidis, from Queensland, said he couldn’t focus on boxing while his countrymen were suffering.
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, which handles both fighters, said he wants to move the fight to the April 9 pay-per-view card featuring Winky Wright and Matthew Macklin.
“Katsidis had to pull out because of the floods in the region he lives in,” Schaefer said. “Some people have died, including people he knows. The floods have been just devastating. It’s very, very bad.
“He couldn’t really keep his mind focused on training.”
Schaefer said he and HBO officials are discussing possible replacement fights for March 5. Golden Boy is pushing for a junior lightweight bout between Jason Litzau and Adriene Broner.
Litzau is coming off a stunning split-decision upset of Celestino Caballero in November. Broner, an explosive prospect, is coming off a first-round knockout of John Revish on Saturday.