Injured Blackburn Pulls Out of Perales Fight


Brad Blackburn weighs-in for an IFL event in June 2006. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Brad Blackburn has reportedly been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against fellow welterweight Ray Perales at the upcoming “Strikeforce at the Dome” show on February 23rd at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington because of a shoulder injury suffered during a recent training session.

The news comes from The Fight Network, who confirmed the injury with Blackburn late last night.

Blackburn was originally rumored to be fighting Steve Berger at the event but that speculation was shot down once Berger signed on to fight Duane “Bang” Ludwig, who has now pulled out of that bout himself after being booked to take on Takanori Gomi overseas. Berger has been replaced by Eddy Ellis.

Blackburn spent the last two years as a member of the IFL’s Seattle Tiger Sharks before leaving the promotion this past fall. Blackburn racked up three wins and two losses under the IFL banner, including an impressive stoppage victory over Jay Hieron in June of this year.

He is coming off of a no-contest against Travis Cox where he unintentionally struck Cox’s head with a knee while he was down. Cox was deemed unable to continue.

Perales, who goes by the nickname of “Relentless”, has struggled throughout his career, losing more fights than he has won. However Perales does own a win over Blackburn. The Boise, Idaho native won a unanimous decision over Blackburn at an Xtreme Fighting Championships event in October 2005.

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