Katie Taylor keeps herself busy with keepie-uppies and sends powerful message to fans about coronavirus pandemic

Taylor was due to fight Amanda Serrano on May 2 (PA Images)
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Undisputed lightweight world champion Katie Taylor has described social distancing as 'vital' in the battle against coronavirus.

The 33 year-old Irish star, who is scheduled to fight Amanda Serrano in Manchester on May 2 - although that looks increasingly less likely - posted a video of herself doing some keepie-uppies as part of her training.

Then later she took to her Twitter to add: "In boxing controlling the space and distance to your opponent is one of the keys to victory. 

"Now to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay it's vital we all practise social distancing to help flatten the curve and protect ourselves and our loved ones. We are all in this fight together."

Taylor became a two-weight world champion in November of last year, but the fight for all her belts in the 135 pound division against Serrano was set to be her biggest to date.

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As of yet, the show - headlined by the heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin - has not been cancelled.

However, the British Boxing Board of Control announced today all shows under their jurisdiction will not take place until at least April 30, meaning any extension to that will effectively postpone Taylor's huge bout.