PAUL Cheng has suddenly replaced Chi Lewis-Parry as Brandon Vera’s opponent in ONE Championship: Spirit of Champions on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
In a last-minute change just three nights before the inaugural heavyweight title bout, the Asian mixed martial arts organization said Lewis-Parry “failed to submit his medical results and his drug test for the fight” and “decided not to board the plane departing from London to Manila.”
“He will not be fighting this Friday,” ONE CEO Victor Cui said in a statement.
The 32-year-old Lewis-Parry quickly fired back at the MMA outfit, refuting their claim in a post on his Facebook account.
“Now they have made up their excuse (which has taken them days to form) and are blaming me with bogus accusations,” the British fighter said. “It's disgusting that an organization claiming to be one of the top competitors in the world are happy to pull stunts like this.”
“Remember, I called this days ago!” he added. “One failed to respond with the truth now they blame me."
Lewis-Parry said he is planning legal action against the organization.
“Legal action is to follow and the exploitation and misrepresentation of fighter/athletes will STOP @ One Championship for good! I'm sorry for the fans that have been lied to by Victor Cui and One.”