Tim Tszyu's looming fight with Japanese warrior Takeshi Inoue will be relocated from the Gold Coast to another venue in Australia amid continuing uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.
The super-welterweight showdown is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 and a new venue will be revealed in coming days, according to promoters No Limit Boxing.
"The ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the impact of hotel quarantine on the health and welfare of our fighters made it impossible for the fight to continue in Queensland" No Limit Boxing boss George Rose said on Tuesday.
"I want to stress that we are completely supportive of the hotel quarantine system and would like to specifically thank Queensland Health for doing all they could to make this fight happen on the Gold Coast.
"I can promise everyone that No Limit Boxing will be back on the Gold Coast bigger and better than ever in 2022."
Queensland fans will be hugely disappointed at missing the chance to see Australian boxing's biggest star back in action in the Sunshine state for the first time since he stunned Jeff Horn in Townsville 14 months ago.
But they will at least be fully refunded.
Tszyu (19-0, 14KO) will place his undefeated record on the line against Inoue (17-1-1).
The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) in August mandated Tszyu, as his division's No.1-ranked challenger, to fight for Brian Castano's super welterweight world title.
Castano has been holding out but there's no escaping the 26-year-old Sydneysider now following the WBO's intervention.
Barring a loss against Inoue, that blockbuster will take place next year.
Australian Associated Press