WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin will not be fighting at all on July 14 in Hamburg. The entire event at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle has been called off due to an injury sustained by the mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman. “The Rock” had to pull out after an operation to remove a cyst on his right hand and it was decided that find a suitable replacement fighter in such a short space of time is unrealistic. Chris Meyer, Managing Director of Sauerland Event, stated “All of us were looking forward to the event. But it is our responsibility to deliver world class boxing to the spectators inside the arena and the audience at home in front of their TVs. Therefore, after hearing from the injury of Alexander’s opponent, we had to cancel the whole show.” Whether Hasim Rahman will remain the mandatory challenger of the WBA, lies in the hands of the association. Tickets bought for the event can be returned at the place of purchase.