While the world is dealing with COVID-19 and brining things all across the world to a halt, one thing in the world of boxing that is certain is plans changing as this continues on.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn speaking with Sky Sports hinted that fight cards planned for May may be rescheduled as well.
“All events are subject to change right now. We hope that they won’t be moved, but we understand this is constantly evolving,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “For the Anthony Joshua fight, there are potential plans to move that fight to July. We have a potential date for that, but right now, we’re hoping June 20 can remain the date.”
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The contest on everyone’s calendar in May is the mega card that features Dillian Whyte taking on Alexander Povetkin in Manchester on May 2nd. However, the Anthony Joshua title defense against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev isn’t slated to take place until June 20th.
Hearn announced that Matchroom Boxing decided to postpone all boxing fight cards yesterday until April in relation to the British Boxing Board of Control orders in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. Hearn reinforced that order speaking yesterday.
“As soon as that comes into play, it’s not even up for consideration,” Hearn said.
“What the British Boxing Board of Control have said, which makes any event a complete no no, is that we’re not sure that the right doctors and medics can be provided at these events and moreso, if there was an injury at these events, we do not know if they could receive the correct and right medical attention,” Hearn stated.
It becomes the waiting game for everyone on live boxing around the world but in the meantime, plans are slated to as planned from Hearn for Matchroom once all of this clears itself up.