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Coronavirus: King in the Ring forced to fight another day


New Zealand’s biggest combat sports event, King in the Ring, has postponed Friday’s show due to the impact of the coronavirus.

The latest edition of the eight-man kickboxing series was due to take place at Eventfinda Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore.

Organisers had already decided to reduce the crowd size in order to continue with the event following the Government’s restrictions on gatherings of more than 500 people.

But given the rapidly-changing nature of the situation, they have ultimately opted to postpone the super middleweight tournament to a later date.

“We are sorry to all the fight fans, the contractors and small businesses that were counting on Friday’s event to happen, and sorry most of all, to the fighters,” a post said on the King in the Ring Facebook page.

“We were confident and prepared to run the event according to the guidelines outlined [on Monday] by the Ministry of Health, but with only 3 days out and each day bringing huge developments, it was just too risky on many levels, for us to proceed.

“We tried our very best to get this show across the line, and sincerely thank everyone who offered to pitch in to make it happen. Your kindness will be remembered.”

The post added that all tickets would be refunded over the next 48 hours.

King in the Ring was founded by multiple Muay Thai world champion Jason Suttie in 2011.

Since then, it has proven to be a genuine pathway onto the global stage for Kiwi fighters, such as UFC stars Israel Adesanya, Dan Hooker and Brad Riddell.

Fellow City Kickboxing athlete and former champion Mike ‘Blood’ Diamond was due to headline Friday’s event alongside another former winner, Arshia Ebadi.