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Fergie's farewell delayed as Hussein fails to Cash in.

IT WAS supposed to be Farewell to Fergie - but instead it was almost certainly farewell to Cash Hussein.

Dave Ferguson was top of the bill at the 02 Academy in Newcastle but his heavyweight bout - meant to usher him into retirement on a victory - was called off in the most bizarre circumstances.

His Hungarian opponent Gyula Bozai, it is said, refused to leave his hotel - claiming tiredness!

Honestly, in all my time covering a sport which can throw up absurd controversies I have never heard anything like it.

Promoter Steve Wraith, staging only his second show, must have had nightmares.

If tiredness really was Bozai's only reason for a non-appearance (and you have to doubt it on the grounds of sanity) then I can only hope there are reprisals both in terms of money and having his licence withdrawn in this country. Fergie will now have another go at a farewell night in the spring.

Hussein, meanwhile, was bombed out in 96 seconds by Paul O'Hagan, who was making his professional debut after a time in whitecollar boxing.

O'Hagan told me in a prefight interview his main hope was to lure Cash into a slugging match yet, armed with such information, Geordie Hussein duly obliged, as is his wont.

Cash took two counts before referee Graeme Williams mercifully ended it.

Hussein, a former junior ABA champion, has now lost two of his four pro fights on stoppages and I honestly hope a hugely likeable lad now calls it a day. I am sure those inside boxing will be urging such a decision.

A brave heart is not enough in this most brutal of sports. Indeed, it can get you into great trouble.

O'Hagan's trainer Micky Duncan insisted: "Both Paul and I knew he would win by a knockout.

"I trained Cash in the amateurs and I felt Paul had too much for him.

"I am looking to get Paul out on the road again before Christmas, then on Steve Wraith's next bill in the new year.

"O'Hagan has come on loads thanks to top sparring with another one of my boxers Andy Buchanan, who will also be boxing on Wraith's show.

"It is a busy time. I have Didier Blanch, a light heavyweight, boxing in Southampton tomorrow night then Dougie Curran the following Saturday night against former Commonwealth title challenger Kriss Hughes in Glasgow."

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FIGHT CLUB From left, stood-up heavyweight David Ferguson, triumphant Paul O'Hagan, promoter Steve Wraith and Cash Hussein, who was defeated by O'Hagan
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