6ft 9 South African Heavyweight Forced To Withdraw From Title Fight After Rope Snaps
A heavyweight boxing title bout in South Africa was scrapped before a single punch was even thrown after 6 ft 9 fighter Ruann Visser fell out of the ring when the rope of the ring snapped.
Visser, who previously sparred with former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, was poised to defend his South African heavyweight title in Cape Town.
But after the 18-2 fighter had entered the ring ahead of his bout with Tian Fick, he ended up tumbling backwards when he tried running the ropes and they completely snapped.
This morning in Cape Town, South Africa, heavyweight Ruann Visser (18-2, 17 KO's) was set to face Tian Fick (8-0, 5 KO's) for the SA heavyweight title. Visser was injured when the ropes gave way and he fell out of the ring - canceling the bout. Thanks to @thomask892 pic.twitter.com/IGEfCObvFX- Tim - Boxeo Boxen бокс 拳闘 Boksing มวย Boks 拳击 (@Hock1717) December 16, 2019
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:scream: Esta mañana en Sudáfrica, antes de iniciarse el combate, el campeón sudafricano del peso pesado Ruann Visser se apoyó en las cuerdas y las cuerdas cedieron y se cayó fuera del ring, lesionándose Visser y suspendiéndose el combate pic.twitter.com/k8Bf9gncZM- ESPN KnockOut (@ESPNKnockOut) December 16, 2019
Visser hurt his left arm after using it in an attempt to cushion his fall onto the table and also injured his knee in the freak accident, which caused the fight to be scrapped on the recommendation of the doctors in attendance.
The heavyweight has been left furious by the embarrassing moment he suffered and is now considering legal action, with the Boxing SA (BSA) supporting him in his quest.
Visser said: "I will sit down with BSA, I will sit down with my legal team. The system's failing in boxing... it's time someone pays for their mistake."
Visser was on a four-fight win streak going into the postponed match, which was set to be the first heavyweight title match in Cape Town for 19 years.