White gets cuffed

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Canadian cruiserweight champ Frank White sounded like a man who'd just found out his winning lottery ticket had expired.

"I can't express how totally devastated I am," the hammer-fisted White said from his home in Sarnia, Ont., yesterday.

Twenty-four hours earlier, White was told he'd sustained a partial tear in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder, wiping out a much-anticipated title rematch with Saskatoon's Ryan Henney on KO Boxing's Redemption card at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday night.

Henney (13-3, 8 KOs) will now face Montreal's Dave Whitom (10-10) in an eight-rounder.

"I trained my ass off for 12 weeks and sacrificed everything for this fight," lamented White.

"To have this (injury) happen in my very last sparring session just totally sucks."

White sparred 10 rounds with a pair of heavyweights in Detroit on Friday night and "didn't feel anything was wrong" until he woke up the next morning.

"I didn't know what happened; my whole arm was swollen up like a body-builder's," he said. "It hurt like hell. If I tried to throw a right hand, I'd fall to my knees."

White said the doctor's bad news hit him like a rabbit punch.

"Counting amateurs, I've had almost 100 fights, and this is the first time I've ever been forced to pull out," he said.

"I wanted it so bad. I feel terrible; and I feel terrible for Ryan, too. He's trained just as hard, and I know he'll be disappointed."

"I want to apologize to the great fans in Edmonton who have supported me in the past, and I want to promise them that as soon as I get this thing healed up, I'll be back, better than ever."


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