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Leah McCourt 'gutted' as London show cancelled



Disappointed: Leah McCourt

Disappointed: Leah McCourt

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Disappointed: Leah McCourt

The Covid-19 pandemic has wiped out another sporting event, forcing the postponement of the Bellator London bill featuring Northern Ireland duo James Gallagher and Leah McCourt.

Gallagher was scheduled to face England's Cal Ellenor in the headline bout at the SSE Arena in Wembley on May 16.

McCourt, who was set to take on New Zealander Janay Harding, said she is "gutted" at the postponement.

The event was also set to feature the mixed martial arts debut of former England rugby star James Haskell.

It's the third time a fight between Gallagher and Ellenor has been postponed.

"I'm absolutely heartbroken that the show is cancelled, but I must continue," said Gallagher.

"I'll never stop - the work will continue and I'll be ready for when they need me."

McCourt said on social media that the "heartache and disappointment is a feeling I am all too familiar with.

"Not surprised but not any less gutted".

The Saintfield woman added that she thought it was the correct decision as the "safety of fighters and amazing staff must be priority".

Bellator announced it was also forced to postpone their May 242 and 243 shows in California.

Belfast Telegraph