All British boxing cancelled until April due to coronavirus outbreak

  • Will Day

British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) have confirmed that all of their fights have been called off until April 30, and they will reassess the situation next month with the potential of the events being pushed back even further.

Events that are going to be impacted by this are the likes of David Avanesyan’s scrap with Josh Kelly on March 28, Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez on April 4 and Terri Harper’s fight with Natasha Jones on April 24.

The biggest casualty on the boxing calendar, however, is the highly anticipated heavyweight clash between Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois.

With this fight no longer taking place on its scheduled date of April 11, it is believed that the bout could be pushed back to May, or even later.

Despite the bad news of not getting to see Kelly fight Avanesyan and Ritson fight Vazquez, fans will be issued a refund for the Kelly fight, and Ritson’s bout with Vazquez will be rescheduled to somewhere in the near future, at the moment thought to be around June 27.

Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn, who had an O2 show planned for March 28, is open to the idea of holding some of his smaller events behind closed doors to keep fighters and broadcasters happy.

Although he is welcoming the idea of his smaller fights being behind closed doors, he has ruled out heavyweight stars Dillian Whyte (May 2), Derek Chisora (May 23) and Anthony Joshua (June 20) staging their fights without fans.

Hearn has even talked about provisional plans to move Joshua’s world title defence against Kubrat Pulev back from June until July if the pandemic continues. This would mean agony for AJ fans after not seeing him fight since December 7 of last year.

Depending on what the British Boxing Board of Control deem necessary, Dillian Whyte’s fight with Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin on May 2 could also be under threat.

Following the government’s social distancing rules of only being allowed to be two metres away from a person at any one time, this could furthermore affect the boxing world negatively, as how are you going to be able to fight stood two metres away from your opponent?

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