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Pablo Velez Jr., the scheduled opponent for Wilson professional boxer Jamar Freeman in the “Wilson Fight Night” card on Feb. 4, cracked a rib during a sparring session and has pulled out of the scheduled middleweight bout.
Velez, a New Jersey native who now lives in Durham, said in a release from Top Catz Boxing, the event promoter, ““I apologize, but this was a freak accident. This sucks for me and my fans. I will come back stronger than ever. this point in my career I need to be positive. I also need to be active, because inactivity hurts boxers.”
Velez, who is 7-0-1 as a pro, and Freeman, who is 14-5-2 but unbeaten in three previous fights in his hometown, have known each other for several years and have trained together.
Top Catz officials said Sunday that Miguel Queliz of the Dominican Republic has been signed as the replacement for Velez. Queliz, 6-3-1 with three KOs as a pro, will be making just his second pro fight in the United States.
The card at Bill Ellis Convention Center will also feature unbeaten Wilson cruiserweight Austin Bryant, in just his third pro fight, against Akeen Brown of Concord, along with seven other matches.
Ticket prices are $20 and $35, as all ringside seats are sold out, and are available online at topcatzboxing.com or by calling (919) 701-CATZ (2289). Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the first match is set for 7 p.m.
For more information, visit topcatzboxing.com or follow Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING.