Boxing: Magee drops title bout

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Brian Magee has withdrawn from his International Boxing Organisation super-middleweight title defence this Saturday at the Everton Park Sports Centre.

Magee was to have fought the Puerto Rican Brian Barbosa but, after agreeing to the fight, he has decided that the former North American champion was not the right opponent at this stage of his career.

The unbeaten Belfast boxer said: "I was to have fought James Crawford but then he pulled out, and then we had other opponents. Then Barbosa was on and off and things just got really messy. So, after talking with my management team, we decided that it would be better not to fight."