PROMOTER Mark Neilson says Fight Town IV will be re-scheduled after the British Boxing Board of Control cancelled all boxing shows until April at the earliest.

Fight Town IV was set to take place at Swindon’s MECA on Saturday April 18, however, due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the show has now been postponed.

Swindon’s Ryan Martin was going to top the bill as he was preparing for a British and Commonwealth title eliminator, while local boxers Bec Connolly, Jensen Irving and Phil Williams were also primed to feature on the card.

The show, which was being put on by Neilson Boxing, will now take place at a later date.

“Given the current situation we are in at the moment, the BBBoC have called for all boxing shows to be postponed across the country,” said the show’s promoter Mark Neilson.

“So unfortunately, that means Fight Town IV will now have to be rearranged to a new date and that is something we are already working towards.

“Naturally this is hugely disappointing for everyone involved as we had a great night of boxing planned, but everyone’s health and wellbeing must take priority.

“We will be providing more updates and information as quickly as we can get it, so stay tuned.

“For those who have bought tickets, refunds will be available from the point of purchase.”

With countless boxers, trainers, coaches and staff involved in preparing boxers for their bouts, Neilson says he sympathises heavily with the effort they have put in over the last few months.

“I really feel for the fighters who have been working incredibly hard to get in the best shape possible for the show,” added Neilson.

“They will have put hours and hours into their training alone, not forgetting the work they would have done to sell tickets for their fights, which is a huge part of the sport.

“Jensen Irving, for example, has given up a lot of time with his new-born baby to prepare for his fight.

“I really feel for everyone involved and hope we can have a solution soon.”