TV show injury halts Reid fight bid
Published 15/04/2010 | 19:12
Celebrity Big Brother winner Alex Reid has been forced to postpone a crunch fight - after injuring himself during a TV show.
Ironically, cage fighter Reid - married to glamour model Katie Price - was hurt while making a series about his preparations for the battle with Tom "Kong" Watson.
But his opponent has been angered by the withdrawal and branded his competitor "a complete joke".
Reid has been advised he should not continue to train at the level required for the fight. He was due to take part in the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (Bamma) bill on May 15.
Watson also complained he was out of pocket and said he had already sold tickets to the value of £12,000.
A statement on behalf of Reid said: "Alex Reid has sustained an injury during the filming of his Bravo Fight Of His Life programme. He has seen numerous doctors and specialists, all advising him to not train at the level required in the lead-up to a fight.
"In light of this, Alex will unfortunately be postponing his fight on 15th May with Tom 'Kong' Watson. Alex will be seeing a Bamma doctor upon his return to further asses the injury and work towards a new date. Alex is gutted to postpone the fight and is looking forward to taking on his competitor."
But in a message on his blog, Watson said: "I am now working with Bamma and my management to bring in a top American opponent last-minute. I just wish I'd had more time to prepare for whoever that style may be but, hey, this is what real fighters do."
And he added: "Enjoy your new lifestyle and fame, Mr Reid, because I'm sure it's not only me but many other people now who categorise you as a complete joke with no class to just stand up and be a man."
However, a Bamma spokesman said that, as far as they were concerned, the fight was still on. Ashley Bothwell said: "We've heard the rumours about an injury to Alex Reid, but this has yet to be confirmed by our own independent doctor. Whilst we don't endorse the comments Tom 'Kong' Watson has made about Alex, we can understand his frustration in the build-up to this huge fight. Until Alex's injury is confirmed, this fight still remains part of our hugely impressive Bamma 3 fight card."