Another disappointing cancellation announcement for fight fans took place early Monday afternoon in England, as the British Boxing Board Of Control made official that there will be no more fights in the U,K. until at least May.
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“Following further Government and Medical Authorities advice, the British Boxing board of Control has decided that the suspension of Boxing Tournaments under the BBBofC jurisdiction remains in place until the end of April, when further consideration will be given.
“We will continue to follow government and medical authorities advice and keep the situation under review,” the statement concluded.
And, the British boxing ruling authority also made clear that they will no longer meet, or review license applications for future fights during this time frame.
As we wrote earlier Monday, British heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte are in limbo about their fights both to be held in London on May 2nd and then on May 23rd.
Whyte is scheduled to fight former IBF champ and Russian Contender Alexander Povetkin. While Chisora has about was former undefeated Undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandar Usyk, who has moved up to heavyweight and is ranked #1 by the WBO.
Shortly after the BBBoC’s official announcement, MTK Global, a prominent fight promotion in Europe, announced the official cancellation of all of its April fight cards in the U.K.
Their statement read in part,
“The MTK Fight Night at York Hall on April 18, the MTK Fight Night at the Europa Hotel on April 24, and the MTK Fight Night at Ulster Hall on April 25 will all take place at a later date.
We are working hard to reschedule at the earliest possible dates, but full refunds for the events will be available from point of sale if required.”
This comes on the heels of the most prominent boxing promotion in Europe, Matchroom boxing, having done the same thing of canceling all of their shows in Britain for the end of April.