Teon Kennedy has pulled out of his December 8th fight with Corpus Christi junior lightweight prospect Jerry Belmontes. The fight was supposed to be part of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night telecast, serving as the co-main event for a card headlined by undefeated American heavyweight Bryant Jennings who is squaring off against Bowie Topou.
Kennedy reportedly withdrew from the fight because he rolled his ankle running – at least that was the reason given to the Belmontes camp.
Belmontes (17-0)– who fights under Main Events Promotions — has been desperately awaiting the opportunity to showcase his talents on a bigger stage and he will get his opportunity come December 8th, admittedly not against the opponent he hoped.
Belmontes expressed his disappointment via twitter saying, “Teon Kennedy dropped out of the fight??? Say it aint so.”
In speaking with Belmontes shortly after the fight with Kennedy was made he was optimistic that this would be a coming out party of sorts and that a win over Kennedy would be that springboard towards even bigger opportunities.
Although Kennedy is no longer in the equation, Belmontes remains the televised co-main event for the December 8th card which takes place at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
So the search is on for a new opponent to replace Teon, but sources with knowledge of the situation say that 26 year old Eric Hunter (16-2) from Philadelphia could be the replacement. Hunter, who fights at featherweight, would have to move up in weight for the bout.