Mitcham mauler Lenny Daws has had to pull out of his English title fight this Saturday.

The 33-year-old, now based in Carshalton, was due to fight Adil Anwar at Aintree in Liverpool for the light welterweight title which, if he had won, would have set him up for a shot at reclaiming his British belt.

But, an injury to the carpal ligament in his right hand has forced him to watch from the sidelines, with Anwar now set to face midlands area champion Dave Ryan.

“I am so gutted because I wanted to get back in the ring,” said Daws, who is now targeting a fight in July.

“The aim of the game is winning and pushing on further so it’s just frustrating.

“My hand could be fine but it could go with one punch at any point and I would be in so much pain.

“I did the injury in my last fight, but took a couple of weeks off and it felt good.

“Then I had a few heavy sparring sessions and damaged it again.

“I wanted to fight Anwar, he is saying I have dodged him but I haven’t.

“I am not going to fight anyone with one hand though.

“Should I lose the fight that would be it for me, I would be out the picture so it is not worth it with one hand.

“Right now I am still in a good situation and can come back in July.”