by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Top featherweight fighter Danny Batten is out of his scheduled fight at Cage Rage 25 with Leigh Remedios due to an injury sustained in training. The news comes as a major blow to both U.K. fans and Batten himself who has been looking forward to the fight for the best part of seven years.
“It’s really frustrating to be out of the fight and there is nothing I can do about it medically,” stated a dejected Batten about the withdrawal. “The thing is, everything was going so well and for the first time in my career I have managed to train solidly for two months without the distractions of holding down my day job as a postman. To cancel now has been really hard for me.”
When pressed on the nature and extent of the injury, Batten wouldn’t be drawn on specifics, but he did offer enough information to rule out any chances of fighting through it.
“Basically the injury I have can be treated at the moment, but if I fight with it, then I am likely to keep the injury for the rest of my life. As a fighter you know you’re never going to be 100% and there is always something niggling, be it an arm, a leg, neck, ribs or whatever, but you can usually push through it. This I can’t and I have been told that I wouldn’t be medically fit to fight either”
From Cage Rage’s perspective, they are left with the unenviable task of finding someone at short notice to step up and face Remedios, no small feat considering the caliber of the fighter and less than a week prep time. This is further complicated by a buoyant U.K. scene that finds five promotions putting on different events all within a week of each other, but they have done it before.