Paul Morby will miss out on Portsmouth’s big fight night this weekend after being stopped by Kenny Anderson.
Danger-man Anderson won in three rounds against Morby in Sheffield on Saturday night.
And with Morby now having to serve a 28-day break from action under British Boxing Board of Control rules, he is ruled out of the city show on his home patch at Liquid & Envy this Saturday.
It’s a frustrating outcome for the 31-year-old, whose record now stands at 6-9.
The bout in Sheffield was Morby’s third fight in five weeks. But it was one that was always a huge task against an opponent with the punch power Anderson offers.
The Scot has now brought the night to an early close in 11 of his 15 wins – and also floored George Groves in a fight taken at short notice.
Morby’s trainer Michael Ballingall admits not fighting in Portsmouth was tough on his man. He feels a break will do him good, however, after Morby’s recent gruelling schedule.
Ballingall said: ‘It was a dangerous mission for Paul and we knew that.
‘Anyone who goes in with George Groves at five days notice and causes him the problems he did is top drawer.
‘Paul half stood with Kenny at first but felt how strong he was. There was quite a big difference in weight between them.
‘He got put down but his head was clear and he came back.
‘The ref stepped in during the third, though, and we couldn’t have any complaints with that.
‘He feels he’s let down Portsmouth because he wanted to fight in his home city on his 32nd birthday.
‘He needs to have a rest now and work out what he wants to do.’
After stepping in with three of boxing’s up-and-coming talents in recent weeks, Morby is well placed to judge the domestic scene at super-middle and light-heavyweight.
He believes Anderson can become one of the most successful men out there after meeting him and feels the Scot would be too strong for Sunderland’s Tony Jeffries, who Morby lost to on points last month.
Ballingall said: ‘Paul feels Kenny Anderson is one to watch out for – and I agree with him.
‘If Tony Jeffries was to meet Kenny Anderson I would have no doubt Kenny would come out the winner of that contest.
‘Anderson is a lot stronger than Jeffries.’
Tickets are still on sale for the Portsmouth fight night this Saturday at Liquid & Envy.
Mark Coombs, Joel McIntyre and Floyd Moore will all be in action.
And they will be joined by the likes of Wayne Goddard, Liam Grifﬁths, Alex Gibbons and Jon Fry on a card jam-packed with local talent.
Seats cost £30 and £60 (ringside). Call 07407 355796 for details.