The Nevada State Boxing Commission (NSAC) was initially scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 25, to reevaluate their postponement of combat sports in the state due to COVID-19. On Monday, they decided to go ahead and scrap that all together.
“Please be advised that due to the ongoing concern and consideration of the health and safety of the public in regard to the COVID-19 virus, the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 9:00 AM has been cancelled,” the commission’s office noted. “The Commission will determine at a later date when the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held.”
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) March 24, 2020
The big fight card this weekend was the scheduled Showtime card was at the MGM Grand Casino on the Las Vegas strip with Luis Nery moving up a weight class to bantamweight taking on Aaron Alameda. On the latest episode of the “Showtime Boxing Podcast”, Showtime Executive Stephen Espinoza hinted at in what will they show in its place of the scraped Nery fight is the Rafael Marquez-Israel Vasquez trilogy.
Must admit, if they replay that trilogy includes the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year of 2007 in their second bout, I’m all for it.
Back to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, with that meeting to possibly bring back combat sports canned means, a lot of the expected live boxing schedule is gone for the foreseeable future. At this point due to the pandemic is expected but not only did this include the upcoming Nery fight on the end of the March but it also includes the following April matches by the waste side:
The April 11 matchup from Top Rank Boxing from The Cosmopolitan, featuring reigning junior bantamweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas. Top Rank also had on April 25 bantamweight title unification clash between Japan’s Naoya Inoue and Philippines’ John Riel Casimero at Mandalay Bay.
The Shobox card was slated on April 24 from the Cannery Hotel & Casino.
At this point as you might as well include the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders matchup that also was scheduled to take place on May 2 on “Cinco De Mayo” weekend that was slated to air on DAZN. Based on current travel restrictions and that the fight has actually not be made official, all signs point to this being scrapped as well.