SCOTSTOUN boxer Ahmed Ibrahim will now face Aberdeen’s Marek Laskowski for the Scottish Lightweight title after original opponent Ryan Collins was forced to pull out.

Ibrahim was due to fight Collins for the title on April 19, but Collins is still recovering after an accidental clash of heads in the Celtic Lightweight title fight against Charlie Flynn forced the contest to be declared a technical draw in just the fourth round.

However that contest will not now take place.

Speaking to our sister paper the Irvine Times, Collins said: “I had four stitches inserted in the wound and I am a few weeks away from sparring. I can’t rush back and feel I wouldn’t be ready. There’s just not enough time for me to come back fully fit for the fight and I don’t want to be taking any chances.

“Ibrahim is a really good fighter and I would have to be at my best to have a chance of beating him.

“It’s unfortunate but that’s sport for you - I guess you never know what will happen next. I will work hard on my recovery before getting back into it.”

Ahmed’s new opponent Laskowski previously won the Lightweight title in September by beating Inverness fighter Andrew MacKay on points.

He vacated the title after not defending it within the time, and last month lost to Damian Wrzesinski for the Polish Lightweight title.

Laskowski tried to win the rare accolade of holding two countries lightweight titles, but lost on points over 10 rounds, with all three judges scoring the contest 97-92.