Tim Sylvia, who suffered a 10-second knockout loss to 48-year-0ld former boxing champ Ray Mercer on Saturday, has been removed from Affliction’s August 1st event in Anaheim, California, “Trilogy”, for precautionary reasons.
Affliction vice president Tom Atencio confirmed the news with Fanhouse on Monday, saying “It’s his second (loss) in a row, and I don’t want to take a chance on anything. The fight is less than 60 days away.”
Sylvia (24-6), who previously suffered a first-round submission loss to top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko last July, weighed in at 310 pounds for his bout against Mercer and would have needed to shed 45-pounds in less than two months to make the 265-pound heavyweight limit.
Sylvia’s opponent, Paul Buentello, will remain on the Affliction: Trilogy card, where he’s likely to meet the winner of a June 27th matchup between Gilbert Yvel and Pedro Rizzo.