Friday, March 20, 2020

Updated Coronavirus Boxing-Related Cancellations/Postponements 3/20/2020

The ongoing Coronavirus epidemic has continued to result in several cancellations and postponements in the sport of Boxing around the world. It was announced earlier this week that all combat sports events along with non-essential businesses have been shut down in the state of Nevada for thirty days. This has followed similar decisions made by the British Boxing Board of Control, who ruled in accordance with the British government to cancel all combat sports events for the remainder of March and April. This has resulted in several notable promoters including Matchroom Boxing, MTK Global, and Queensberry Promotions all cancelling their scheduled events. SES Boxing in Germany has also announced the cancellation of the scheduled March 28th card headlined by a Light-Heavyweight bout between Zac Dunn and Dominic Boesel has also been cancelled.

The epidemic has also begun affecting scheduled Boxing cards in the country of Australia, who has cancelled all events in the New South Wales region until May 18th. The cancellations include promoter Tony Tolj’s Dragon Fire Boxing’s scheduled BoxingMania 9 event scheduled for March 27th, Team Ellis’ Boxing’s scheduled event for tomorrow (March 21st), and the scheduled April 22nd event at Queensland Country Bank Stadium headlined by a bout between former world champion Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu. Similarly, live Boxing cards promoted by Zanfer Promotions and Box Azteca in Mexico have been suspended until further notice. 

Cancellations throughout the sport also include the scheduled April 25th Golden Boy Promotions/Main Events promoted card headlined by a Light-Heavyweight bout between Sergey Kovalev and Sullivan Barrera, which was to take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, CA, the scheduled April 11th card at the O2 Arena in London, England promoted by Queensberry Promotions headlined by a Heavyweight bout between Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois. The Joyce-Dubois event has however, been rescheduled for Saturday, July 11th and will still take place at the O2 Arena. Promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. has also announced that the scheduled March 28th card headlined by a World Light-Heavyweight championship fight between champion Artur Beterbiev and IBF number one rated contender Meng Fanlong, which was to take place at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada has also been cancelled. 

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame has also announced that their annual induction ceremony and dinner, which was scheduled for April 19th, will now take place on September 20th at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Information regarding the event can be found on the official website of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame: 

Due to the uncertainty regarding the Coronavirus epidemic, content here on The Boxing Truth®️ will remain in condensed-form in an effort to keep readers informed regarding cancellations and rescheduling of Boxing-related events. Although it would not be appropriate under the present circumstances to provide readers with the type of content and information that they are accustomed to when the sport is in its normal active state, Boxing-related content sent to us in the form of press releases/announcements from promoters and television/streaming networks will continue to be made available to readers while the sport, much like the rest of the world, waits for things to get back to normal. In the interim, we will continue to do our best to keep readers up to date regarding cancellations and the rescheduling of events and thank our readers for their patience and understanding during this ongoing epidemic.

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