Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Boxing-Related Cancellations Through The Remainder Of March 2020

As the world continues to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic and prepare for the potential of more cases globally, the sport of Boxing, much as has been the case throughout the rest of the sports world has begun canceling scheduled cards scheduled to take place in North America following similar decisions that have been made by Boxing promoters internationally.. On Thursday, several Boxing cards in several cities in the United States and Canada were all cancelled.

These cancellations include three Boxing cards scheduled to take place between March 12th-March 21st at the Casino de Montreal in Montreal, Canada. This was followed by announcements of cancellations of an April 4th Boxing card in Portland, OR, which was to take place at the Clackamas Armory, the March 14th Premier Boxing Champions card scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports 1 in the United States from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, two scheduled cards promoted by Top Rank Inc. to take place in the Theater at Madison Square Garden on March 14th and March 17th respectively that were scheduled to be broadcast by ESPN and digital sports streaming network ESPN+ in the United States.   Followed by additional announcements of cancellations of the  March 14th Murphy’s Boxing event in Boston at the House of Blues, the March 19th Broadway Boxing event promoted by Dibella Entertainment in Atlantic City, NJ both of those events  were scheduled to be broadcast on the UFC Fight Pass digital streaming network globally. Golden Boy Promotions announced the cancellation of two events scheduled to be broadcast on digital sports streaming network DAZN events on March 19th at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA and the March 29th scheduled card at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. The March 27th event promoted by PR Best Boxing scheduled to take place at the Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, PR was also cancelled. The March 14th Bareknuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) Bareknuckle Boxing event scheduled to be broadcast globally by Fite.TV Pay-Per-View from the InTrust Bamk Arena in Wichita, KS was also postponed with a tentative rescheduled date of June 20th being announced with an announcement scheduled for Friday.

As many states and counties are continuing to monitor the spread of the virus, several have declared states of emergency. This prompted decisions by the NBA, NHL, NCAA, MLB, and XFL to suspend their seasons and scheduled events including the remainder of MLB’s Spring Training schedule and the scheduled NCAA College Basketball tournaments. Major League Baseball (MLB) has also announced that the scheduled start of the 2020 regular season would also be delayed, but no announcements have been made as of this writing as to when that might be.

Obviously, the Coronavirus will remain an ongoing story for the foreseeable future. While this will also change the Boxing schedule significantly as more postponements/cancellations across the world could be announced, we here at The Boxing Truth®️ will keep readers updated as to any announcements and rescheduling that might occur as well as to do our best to provide coverage of cards that  remain unaffected by the ongoing epidemic. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available.

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