Michael Conlan has aired his concerns for fighters with no source of income due to the clampdown on all sporting events that's been issued to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Conlan's bout against Colombian fighter Belmar Preciado at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day was postponed on Friday, leaving the 28-year-old Belfast fighter "devastated".

He couldn't hide his immense disappointment at the cancellation but acknowledged it paled into insignificance as government action to combat the virus increases worldwide.

"I'm in a very fortunate place to be where I am, financially and everything like that, from sport but there's fighters who are a bit down the pecking order from me and they are going to struggle," Conlan told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

"There's an awful lot of people (on my team) and obviously because I don't get paid none of us get paid. It's an unfortunate situation, not one anyone wants to be in, but I'm in it."

Conlan will take a week off now before getting back into the gym and hoping his big night comes around sooner rather than later.

"I'm sound," he added. "There's worse things happening in the world. It's unfortunate, I am gutted, but it is what it is. I can't really think negatively about it.

"When I start to go into it and I think about it deeply it will annoy me because I've been away from my kids for ten weeks, went into a ten-week training camp, worked really, really hard for ten weeks and then not to be paid at the end of it. But listen there's worse things going on in the world. People are dying. It's not something I can get upset about.

"I know I'll be back at it very soon once we get the lie of the land with the virus."

Revealing his plan going forward, Conlan said: "The thing that bothers me most is the time I'll never get back, being away from my son and my daughter. It'll add to the fire in me, every setback does. 

"You've got to roll with the punches. 

"I'll keep my levels up. I'll take a little bit of time off this and enjoy some food, because I've been dieting the last 10 to 12 weeks.... but I'll take a week off, enjoy my family and then I'll go back to training. 

"I think I've had three breakfast pizzas already! I'll be two stone heavier in a matter of days."