Promoter Eddie Hearn says the postponed clash between former world champions Jessie Vargas and Liam Smith could be rescheduled for April.

Vargas was set to take on Smith in a main event clash on February 5 in Phoenix, live on DAZN, but Vargas was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Matchroom card will still go ahead, now topped by the vacant WBC super flyweight title showdown between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras and Hearn is hopeful he can rearrange the Vargas-Smith fight for April.

“We’re talking potentially April for that fight,” Hearn told Pro Boxing Fans.

“Jessie was ok and he thought he’d be ready for March, then he didn’t recover as quickly as he would have liked to have recovered from COVID.

“That fight though will still take place in America.”

Smith (30-3-1, 17 KOs), a former junior middleweight champion, was last seen in the ring back in October, when he picked an impressive eight round stoppage over Anthony Fowler, in a fighter where two judges had the bout scored on even terms at the time of the stoppage.

Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KOs), a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion, has been away from the ring for nearly two years. He lost a tough twelve round decision to Mikey Garcia in February of 2020.