A MAJOR boxing event set for the Altrincham Ice Arena has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ultimate Boxxer 7 was set to see eight super-middleweight fighters battle it out in a one-night tournament on April 3.

But the show has now been put on hold following new Government guidelines with the decision taken to push it back to a later date, expected to be confirmed shortly.

“UB have been consulting with and working behind the scenes with the local authorities and the British Boxing Board and it has been decided that it is in the best interests for all parties to reschedule our April 3 UB7 event,” said a statement from the promoters.

“We are working extremely hard to confirm a new date as soon as possible and all tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled event.

“We will be using the additional time to make sure the show is even better and are looking forward to releasing the new date soon.”

The British Boxing Board of Control said they will review matters at the start of next month, despite predictions that restrictions could be in place for some time.

“With regard to the above (coronavirus) and the statement made by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, all public tournaments under the jurisdiction of the British Boxing Board of Control are unfortunately cancelled,” their statement read.

“Further consideration of the matter will take place at the beginning of April.”

Two previous Ultimate Boxxer events have taken place at the Ice Arena in July and December of last year featuring cruiserweights and heavyweights respectively.

This edition was set to feature Chris Eubank’s son Seb, former Commonwealth super middleweight champion Luke Blackledge, Brazilian-born Fallowfield fighter Diego Costa and Ashton’s Charlie Schofield among others.

“In light of the news from the British Boxing Board of Control this morning unfortunately the show is being rescheduled,” said Schofield on social media.

“Obviously this is to ensure public safety as we step into unknown territory. I will share more news regarding the fight as soon as I have some.”

The tournament, which sees seven fights take place in one night, was due to be live on BT Sport.