March Madness boxing show is postponed

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Kelly Morgan’s WBC silver middleweight title fight scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed.

Promoter Keith Mayo took the decision to postpone the show after news that Morgan’s opponent Gifty Amanua Ankrah would not be able to fight because of visa problems.

The Swindon promoter also cited unexpected poor ticket sales and the withdrawal of key sponsors as a further contributing factor to the show’s demise.

Mayo revealed the show will now be rescheduled and could take place in the next few weeks with Morgan still expected to fight for the WBC silver middleweight title.

Talking exclusively to Your Sport Swindon, Mayo said: “It is with deep regret that I have been forced to postpone this show.

“It is heartbreaking for Kelly especially with a WBC silver title shot on the line and I genuinely feel for her and all the other boxers involved because I know they have all put in so much hard work ahead of this event.

“If there was anything at all we could have done to save the show we would have done so but in the end time was just against us. The show will be rescheduled, hopefully in the next few weeks, and I fully expect to have Kelly top of the bill fighting for that WBC title.

“An announcement will be made in the coming days as soon as we have located a new venue and suitable date for all concerned.”

Mayo also confirmed that all tickets purchased for Saturday’s show will be valid for the rescheduled event, however for those who want a refund, it will be honoured.

Meanwhile Morgan reacted to the news on her facebook page saying: “I have just received a text message to notify me that the show this Sat is cancelled. I am heart broken and mortified to be letting you all down. 157 of you have bought tickets to date and so many others, I know were with me.

“I may be able to fight for the title in two weeks time, please can I ask for a couple of days after which you will have the choice to be reimbursed or potentially exchange your ticket for another show.

“This is physically, emotionally and financially ruining me but I am doing my best to keep focussed. You have all been absolutely amazing rallying around me for this fight please keep your faith and I will do my very best to keep mine.”

Also due to fight on Saturday’s March Madness show were Swindon cruiserweight Luke Watkins and the town’s welterweight prospect Ryan Martin.

Swindon-trained light heavyweight Sam Smith, who trains with Paddy Fitzpatrick, was also due to fight along with Lambourn’s Jack Budge and Bath’s Ryan Wheeler.