A hugely controversial boxing event was held in Nicaragua last night as fighters were sprayed with disinfectant before their bouts and fans forced to sit one metre apart at all times.
Any public gathering or event has been banned for countries effected most with the virus; most of the planet, in fact. Despite this, however, an eight-fight boxing card along with supporters took place last night.
Upon arriving at the event, fans had their temperature taken on entry to the arena the event was being held. Fighters were sensationally sprayed down with disinfectant before fights and ring girls and trainers were wearing masks. 800 fans were remarkably in attendance around the arena, albeit one metre apart.
Fans, including children, were also sprayed upon arrival at the 8,097-capacity Alexis Arguello Sports Centre in Managua. Reports suggest that despite tickets being handed out for free, only a tenth of the stadium was full.
The headline bout was lightweight fighters Ramiro Blanco and Robin Zamora scheduled for an eight-round scrap. In addition, there were also six, six-round fights and one opening four-round bout.
Boxers were unable to wear masks while fighting and so organisers took no chances with spraying them head-to-toe in disinfectant before the first bell rang.
When defending their decision to host the event, government officials in Nicaragua claim they have only had 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak. Ricardo Alvarez, a boxing promoter, claimed he hosted the fight to help out the boxers.
Alverez claimed, as per The Sun: "Nicaragua is a poor country and the boxers have to eat. They can’t stay shut up in their house.
"Here in Nicaragua there is no quarantine.
“The government of Nicaragua and the Minister of Health have made a great effort so that the pandemic did not leave a mark on this country.
"We have been lucky that the cases we have had have been few, and we all need to work, so we are making this effort."
It is worth noting that state employees have gone back to work whilst baseball and football leagues are still continuing to function at full capacity in the country.
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