Kell Brook's world title plans have again been disrupted after a foot injury forced him to pull out of his fight with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander.
Brook was due to face Alexander on May 18 in Atlantic City, but the Sheffield fighter's preparations were hindered by this persistent problem.
This is the third time that a scheduled bout between the pair has been called off and promoter Eddie Hearn admitted that Brook is 'devastated.'
But Hearn remains hopeful that 'Special K' will finally get the chance to face Alexander in the future.
"Kell has recently developed right foot pain," said Hearn. "Following specialist review and investigations over the last ten days he has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his right fourth metatarsal and a further injury of his right navicular, both of which require on-going treatment including withdrawal from full training.
"As a result of these injuries and the time required to recover he has been advised that he will not be medically fit to fight on May 18.
"Obviously this is a huge blow and Kell is devastated, but we have had to make the right decision for Kell Brook the fighter. We will speak with Golden Boy and hope to re-schedule the bout in the near future."