Monday, April 20, 2020

Updated Coronavirus Boxing-Related Postponements/Cancellations 4/20/2020

As the world continues to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic, Boxing-related information has become somewhat sporadic due largely to several Boxing promoters globally heeding the advice of government officials to postpone or cancel their upcoming scheduled cards that has seen several months of what would normally be an active Boxing schedule become inactive. Over the last week however, there was some news that can be seen as both controversial as well as provide a potential path forward towards the resumption of combat sports including Boxing.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis deemed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as an essential service on April 13th. This allows WWE, as one of the few entities that has been able to remain active during the epidemic, to continue producing television content from its performance center training facility in Orlando, FL. What makes this a potential path for Boxing and  other combat sports to resume within the state is that events could theoretically be held in a similar fashion to what WWE has done in producing their television programming in a closed set without an audience. While there is no word as of this writing as to any potential cards that could take place, Spanish language television network Telemundo has announced that it has postponed its planned Boxeo Telemundo spring series choosing instead to air classic content on its network throughout the month of May.  

Although  there remains optimism amongst both promoters and networks across the world that Boxing will be able to resume in the coming months, a dilemma that all will likely face will be whether or not to stage cards without spectators, which may effect financial figures for all involved. As of this writing, major sports leagues around the world have not officially announced plans to resume their respective schedules however Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Basketball Association (NBA) remain in discussions regarding potential plans. 

We will continue to keep readers updated in condensed-form on Boxing-related information as it becomes available. 

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