Second Wave of COVID-19 wipes out shows
COVID-19 is still a thing and the recent wave is taking out the currently planned shows for July as boxing is slowly trying to get back into action.
Back in May, I wrote here about the current boxing scene in Florida and how it had wiped out BAD Promotions card that was setup in Miami-Dade County, News came around that the rescheduled date of July 25 was also squashed as well as due to an emergency quarantine order issued by Miami-Dade County government on Monday
“Miami-Dade has ordered a mandatory shutdown to all events and venues,” Davis stated on Monday. “We will be issuing refunds to all who invested in the show and we apologize but this is out of our hands. The [b]est show in Florida will return again at a later date.”
The only other card that was originally scheduled to take shape in Florida was the one from Christy Martin Promotions on July 18th.
Big Fight Weekend has learned that that show, which was shifted from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach, is off, but that the American Boxing Federation (ABF) is still proceeding with title bouts in Atlanta, Ga. on that same 18th date and Bonita Springs, FL on August 22nd.
Citing a rise in #Houston #COVID19 cases, the #Texas Commission canceled Sat’s @NextFightUp card, a $5 #FIGHTNIGHTLIVE PPV. All pre-payments will be refunded within 30 days. Sorry to miss it; stay safe everyone! #Boxing #MMA #LinacreMediaEvents #LinacreMediaOnTV ?????? pic.twitter.com/546dNc1tZj
— FIGHTNIGHT LIVE (@fightnightlive_) July 8, 2020
The last cancellation to report is the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE card out of Houston scheduled for this Saturday due to the rising cases in the area of COVID-19.
The 10 fight card that was slated to air on Facebook Live via their pay-per-view was halted by Texas State Commission late Tuesday night.
“Even with all of our efforts in getting boxing opened back up in Texas and ensuring the safety of the fighters, trainers and event staff, the State of Texas has withdrawn their approval of our July 11 show. We will not stop here. Although this one has been taken from us we had already petitioned for other dates so that boxing would live in Texas.
We will keep you all updated throughout the process and the new dates once approved,” said Joseph Vredevelt of NextFightUp in an announcement of the cancellation.
Those who paid the $5 via Facebook for Saturday’s event will be refunded within 30 days.
The recent cancellations are alarming but so are the rise in cases that will make more and more of these shows far and few between from starting back up.