Burslem boxer Kaash Buttery has had to put his title bid on hold following government advice about sports meetings.
The 21 year old was due to compete for the Midlands Area Lightweight belt at the King’s Hall, Stoke, on March 28, but the British Boxing Board of Control have postponed the fight.
Their decision follows guidelines from the government. On Monday afternoon, the prime minister advised against massed gatherings and said social venues, including pubs, should be avoided.
Buttery says he will be back to win the Midlands title at the first possible opportunity. He says refunds will be offered to those who have purchased tickets but he hopes a new date will be announced soon.
He had trained for 11 weeks for the fight, working with his coaches Scott Lawton and Gaz Taylor from the Impact Gym in Fenton.
He added: “Thank you to everyone who has supported me. It’s a setback but I want to send my love and support to people in Burslem and Stoke-on-Trent who are struggling.
“My fight is going to be the last thing on people’s minds at the moment, but I will be back when the time is right.”
Port Vale fan Buttery has won all of his seven fights since turning professional in 2017. That followed an amateur career in which he won Staffordshire and Midlands titles as well as an England elite title, an England gold medal and a British national championship.
He is due to fight Delmar Thomas of Nottingham for the title. Port Vale’s Tom Pope says he is honoured to be asked to walk Buttery to the ring for the fight.