Anthony Cacace was left reeling after his opponent Lyon Woodstock Jr tested positive for COVID-19 just two days before their schedule British super-featherweight title fight, all set for February 27.
Anthony 'The Apache' Cacace issued this statement on the evening of February 25: "Just got the news I'm off the bill altogether on Saturday, absolutely heartbreaking for me as I've worked so hard and sacrificed so much. Stayed away from my family for a month and done everything needed to beat this kid and defend my British title. Boxing can be heartbreaking at the best of times but I suppose after so much shite over the years you just get used to it.
"Back to work for few weeks and see what happens from there. Thank you to all my sponsors because without you guys I couldn't even train."
The headliners weren't the only ones devastated by the news.
Nathan 'Hitman' Heaney took to Twitter to say, "I can't believe that the headlining fight has had to be cancelled just a few hours ago due to a positive covid test. Over the last few hours there have been major talks and meetings behind closed doors about the show being cancelled and my dream debut has been up in the air."
It's the second time that the cursed show has had the headlining act fall by the wayside, when Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring was cancelled due to a hand injury sustained by Frampton. His sparring partner and fellow Belfast boxer was elevated to the top of the bill only for that to be ill-fated too.
Fortunately, shortly afterwards the Stoke FC fan-favourite provided some good news, when he updated his fans with the news that "BT Sport have just confirmed to me that the show is going ahead! These broadcasters are fully committed to boxing and I can't thank them enough. Time to step up and represent my city."
The line-up now looks like this:
Quaise Khademi vs Ijaz Ahmed
10x3 WBO & IBF European super-flyweight titles
Nathan Heaney vs Ryan Oliver
10x3 Middleweight contest
Sam Noakes vs Delmar Thomas
6x3 Lightweight contest
Tommy Fury vs TBA
4x3 Light-heavyweight contest
Amaar Akbar vs Chris Adaway
4x3 Super-lightweight contest
Adan Mohamed vs Brett Fidoe
4x3 Featherweight contest
Masood Abdulah vs Taka Bembere
4x3 Super-featherweight contest