INJURED PIATKOWSKA PULLS OUT OF SWEDISH TITLE DEFENSE
Press Release: WBC women's 154-pound champion Ewa Piatkowska (10-1, 4 KOs) has withdrawn from a planned title defense in Sweden on April 22nd with a back injury. Piatkowska was scheduled to defend against Mikaela Laurén’s (28-4, 13 KOs) in Sundsvall on a Sauerland Event show. Laurén previously held the title but vacated it to move down in weight, where she lost to domestic rival Klara Svensson. Piatkowska had won the vacant belt with a points victory over Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, and was to set to travel to Sundsvall to make her first defence against Laurén, when her management contacted Team Sauerland to inform them of the injury.
"We are of course bitterly disappointed for Mikaela," said promoter Nisse Sauerland. "She had been training hard for this fight and was ready to reclaim her title. Unfortunately, she will have to wait a little longer before she can get her hands on Piatkowska. However, she will still fight on April 22nd in Sundsvall. We’re currently looking at a few different options and will make an announcement on a new opponent as soon as possible."
Laurén took to social media to express her disappointment with Piatkowska's withdrawal. "You can run Ewa Piatkowska but you can't hide," she said. "A true champion doesn't run and definitely doesn't come up with excuses."