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Kickboxing opponent stayed in United Kingdom

Something was missing from the world kickboxing championship match on Saturday night at the Kenan Center in Lockport: the champion.

Gareth Richards of South Wales apparently didn’t know he needed the equivalent of a visa to make the trip from the United Kingdom to the United States. According to challenger Amer Abdallah, Richards’ papers were approved but the champ decided not to make the trip. Richards told Abdallah that a last-minute itinerary was cutting it too close.

The rest of the fight card took place as planned, but there was no main event.

“After three months of training, it’s crazy,” Abdallah said. “I was frustrated. But at the end of the day, I have to stay positive and move forward.”

Abdallah, a top contender in the light-heavyweight ranks, hopes to reschedule the bout for May 14. He still wants to stage it in his native Lockport.