Are low ticket sales the real reason for cancellation?
Lucia Rijker is injured, sustaining a ruptured Achilles tendon while training and as a result Top Rank's 'Million Dollar Lady' championship boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 30 is off. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. Rijker, wearing a soft cast and on crutches today, is scheduled for surgery with famed sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tony Daly in Los Angeles on Thursday. Rijker was scheduled to take on Christy Martin to headline the 'Million Dollar Lady' championship event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 30. However, while training yesterday, Rijker told her handlers she heard a 'loud popping sound' and felt a sharp pain. Rijker, born in Amsterdam, has a professional record of 17-0 with 14 knockouts. Martin has a record of 46-3-2 with 21 knockouts. She lives and trains in Orlando, Fla.
Editors Note: Although we do not doubt the integrity of Ms. Rijker's injury, Boxingtalk has heard several rumors that horrendous ticket sales (like less than 500) are the real cause for this cancellation. Bob Arum and Lee Samuels were both unavailable for immediate comment.