World champion boxer Tyson Cave will have to go a few more rounds in the ring before he has a fight in a Halifax courtroom.
Cave was scheduled to go to trial next month on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. The charges stem from an alleged fight in a Lower Sackville bar on New Year's Day in 2014.
On Thursday morning, Cave's lawyer appeared in court to request an adjournment. The reason for the request is unusual — Cave faces a mandatory defence of his World Boxing Union super bantamweight title.
The World Boxing Union scheduled the fight for April in California.
The Crown said since Cave had no control over the scheduling of the fight, it would consent to the postponement.
Cave will now go to trial before a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge and jury in October.
"Good luck with the fight," Justice Frank Edwards said as Cave left the courtroom.
At the age of 34, Cave became the first Nova Scotia-born boxer to win a world title on home soil.
He beat Walter Rojas of Argentina in less than two rounds to claim the World Boxing Union super bantamweight title in November at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.