Blog: This year I’ve had more pull outs than a Lisa Ann gangbang…

Earlier this week I got to pop my public prediction cherry. I had the opportunity to look through a number of talent rich cards on offer this weekend, to select a fight which whetted my appetite for visual violence. I chose one of the early professional bouts on BAMMA 23, featuring NWA’s Daniel Chopper Crawford vs SBG Ireland’s Francisco Albano Barrio.

It had all the makings of a barn burner. A fight at featherweight, so speed, technique and the potential for a knockout. Only one defeat in between them in a total of 12 professional outings. I was genuinely excited. Then last night the news came out. Barrio had been taken to hospital, the fight was off.

Not even Nando's can cheer up a disappointed Crawford

Not even Nando’s can cheer up a disappointed Crawford

 

As I’d clearly jinxed the bout, I met with Chopper Crawford today, bought him lunch to make up for ruining his weekend and spoke about his long running issues with opponents.

“I’m not surprised”, he said. “This year there have been seven separate occasions where promotions have had to cancel my bouts as my opponents haven’t been able or willing to fight. I’ve had more pull outs this year than a (porn star) Lisa Ann gang bang. It’s got beyond a joke now”.

Rumours were circulating that Barrio may have had issues with his weight cut, with whispers that he’d lost consciousness causing him to be hospitalised. Crawford put paid to that today. “Give Francisco his due, he’s sent me a message to apologise for not being able to fight. He told me he’s had a kidney issue which had made him need to go to hospital. Hopefully he can get fit and we can try again”.

This has clearly been a year of frustration for one of the hottest young prospects in the UK. After six straight victories, Crawford is desperate to push on with his career. “I’ve been thinking about fighting across multiple weight classes” Chopper continued. “Even taking some fights abroad, as it’s just not happening for me in the UK at the moment”.

Even though he filled up on chicken and cheesecake this lunchtime, Crawford is fit and ready to fight; “Promoters just need to contact my manager (FML’s Wad Alameddine). I’m ready to fight anyone, I just need someone who thinks they’re ready to fight me”.