AdvertisementIndian boxing star Vijender Singh’s clash against Briton Lee Markham for the Commonwealth Super middleweight title was on Friday postponed after the latter pulled out due to injury. The fight was scheduled for July 13 and would have given Vijender a shot at his third title after having claimed the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Super Middleweight titles. Vijender is currently in Manchester.“Lee has pulled out citing injury. Vijender’s UK promoters — Queensberry Promotions — tried to find an opponent for him to fill in the July 13 slot but that did not work out,” an official from Vijender’s India promoters, IOS Boxing, told PTI.“A new opponent is being looked for and the revised dates for the fight will be announced soon. Markham’s pullout was communicated to us by his promoters but the exact nature of his injury is not known to us,” he added.“A new opponent is being looked for and the revised dates for the fight will be announced soon. Markham’s pullout was communicated to us by his promoters but the exact nature of his injury is not known to us,” he added.Markham had the experience of 22 fights, 17 of them wins, under his belt compared to the 10 victorious outings by the former Olympic bronze-medallist Indian.The fight would have been Vijender’s first in six months since he successfully defended his twin titles in the clash against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur.Advertisement
Karen Lehman, in her 12th year on the Battle Ground School District board, announced her immediate resignation Saturday.At the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, she cited out-of-town work commitments, coupled with employment uncertainty.Lehman said she had expected to finish her third full term this year and not seek re-election, but circumstances hastened her departure.“Unfortunately, at times I have had to travel for work and miss meetings. … I do not know what I will be doing or where I may be working after June 1,” she told the board, quoted in a district news release.She said she felt obliged to step down now so as to not cause “undue hardship” for the district, fellow board members, students and herself, the release said.Under district policy and state law, the remaining four board members will appoint a replacement from among applicants “after suitable public notice.” The appointee will serve until Lehman’s term ends late this year, and may run for a full, four-year term.The district plans to issue more details soon for anybody who wishes to apply for the position, the press release said.