Tarvis Simms has been forced to pull out of his July 23 fight against Peter Quillin because of a rib injury, RingTV.com has learned.
The 10-round middleweight bout was on undercard of the Amir Khan-Zab Judah junior welterweight fight.
Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) was expected to be the toughest test of Quillin’s career. Simms’ only professional loss came on short notice to former super middleweight contender Allan Green in October 2009.
Simms, 40, is disappointed to say the least. A victory would’ve led to at least one more good opportunity as his career winds down.
“Obviously, I’m just very frustrated,” said Simms, who is promoted by Main Events. “I was sparring and things were just going really well for me here in Houston. I winded up sitting down to slip a punch and throw a punch as well and in the process my Everlast cup came up and injured my ribs.
“It wasn’t so much about Peter Quillin, it was about me displaying and showing my talents on such a big stage. In my eyes, he was just someone in front of me that was undefeated. I know for a fact I definitely would have beat him. I’m just extremely, extremely frustrated at this point.”
No word yet whether Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will face a replacement opponent or his match with Simms will be rescheduled.
Simms is from Norwalk, Conn.
Mike Coppinger is a member of the BWAA and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. He has covered boxing for both USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.