AN Oldham boxer has been forced to cancel a fight on Saturday night due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Central Area middleweight champion Jack Kilgannon was due to be in action at the Bolton Whites Hotel but will now be forced to wait for his next outing.

The 24-year-old has won all 10 of his fights thus far, his last being his title triumph against John Telford back in July.

After a runout in Bolton, Kilgannon was due to make the first defence of his title in front of a home crowd in Oldham on April 18.

That card, also being put together by Steve Wood and VIP Boxing, was also set to feature another of the town’s top talents in rising lightweight Aqib Fiaz.

That show has not yet been cancelled with the situation set to be reviewed at the start of next month, although doubts remain as to how soon events will get the go-ahead again.

Now it is a case of sitting tight with the sporting world on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

Kilgannon said on social media; “Thank you to everybody who bought tickets and was looking forward to the boxing on Saturday night!

“I’ve trained for weeks on end unpaid for Saturday night and it’s been cancelled.

“Anybody who bought tickets send me a message and I’ll refund your tickets!

“I’d like to thank my sponsors who help me though camps!”

A statement from the British Boxing Board of Control said: “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.

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

‘Jacky Boy’ Kilgannon trains with Ben Lancaster and has two knockouts on his record in the early stages of his professional career.