It turns out the grudge match is going to have to wait. As Announced on his facebook page today, Desert Force 13’s most promising fighter Mounir Lazzez (4-0) suffered a “rib” injury in training and will be forced to withdraw from Desert Force Abu Dhabi’s co-main event opposite undefeated former middleweight contender Mohammad Fakhreddine (3-0)
I want to announce to everybody that I have unfortunately fractured my ribs in training & have been advised by my doctor and management to withdraw from my upcoming bout. I want to apologize to all who were looking forward to my fight and to my opponent for having to pull out so late but unfortunately this was not my plan & these things happen. I am devastated as I had one of my best training camps & I was in the best condition of my life. I want this fight and hope inshallah we can get it on again at the next event. Thank you all for the support & always thanks to the Almighty Allah. I will be back stronger inshallah. You have my word. Sniper.
Additional reports indicated Mounir’s injury includes point tenderness at coastal cartilage of R9, 10, and 11, and fracture at the tip of the left R11 rib.
This is an absolute hammer blow to the Desert Force and its fans. The injury monster has struck again. It was to be one of the most promising fights on the card with Fakhreddine making his welterweight debut against someone as established as Lazzez in the 77 KG division. Still, the fight can arguably be saved! We can only hope someone tough enough to carry on with the intensity of the fight card will step in to face Fakhreddine! Stay tuned for more news soon!