Your Fightful Boxing Newsletter (3/14/2020) Table Of Contents:
- Coronavirus' Effect On Boxing, Which Shows Are Affected (Page 1)
- ShoBox: The New Generation 3/13 Results: Brandun Lee Impresses On Showtime (Page 2)
- PBC On FOX 3/7 Results: Robert Helenius Spoils Adam Kownacki's Perfect Record (Page 3)
- Sergey Kovalev's Next Fight Announced (Page 4)
- News And Notes From Around The World Of Boxing: United States (Page 5)
- News And Notes From Around The World Of Boxing: United Kingdom (Page 6)
- News And Notes From Around The World Of Boxing: Rest Of The World (Page 7)
- Fightful Boxing Rankings (Pages 8-9)
Coronavirus' Effect On Boxing, Which Shows Are Affected?
In what will surely go down as one of the biggest global stories in years, the coronavirus has affected countries all over the world and people from all walks of life.
Within the sports world, a number of leagues across the globe have either canceled events, postponed games or outright suspended their current leagues. Boxing is certainly no different with dozens of shows in the United States being postponed.
Top Rank Boxing, PBC and Golden Boy Promotions have all postponed several shows due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Throughout the day of March 12, a number of boxing companies announced that upcoming shows have been postponed. Starting with Top Rank, the March 14 and 17 shows taking place at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden have now been postponed. Originally, the two shows, which were going to be broadcast on ESPN platforms, were set to move forward but without any spectators, but later in the day, Top Rank announced that the show had been outright postponed.
The state of California has declared that combat sports events, as well as large gatherings that include 250 people or more, should be postponed or canceled through the end of March. Golden Boy Promotions had DAZN cards scheduled for March 19 and 28 in California and the promotion shortly announced that both shows have been postponed.
PBC has also announced that the March 14 FS1 card from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland has been postponed to a later date. The card was going to be headlined by James Kirkland vs. Marcos Hernandez in a 10-round middleweight fight.
The only major boxing company that has yet to officially do anything regarding its upcoming shows in the United States is Matchroom Boxing. Matchroom Boxing’s USA branch only has one show scheduled in the United States and that is the April 17 show also taking place at the MGM National Harbor. Fightful had reached out to Matchroom Boxing regarding the status of that show, scheduled to feature Regis Prograis vs. Maurice Hooker in the main event and Matchroom responded by saying that no decision has been made and that there is no news on any change to that card.
Internationally, all of Matchroom Boxing’s UK shows are moving forward as originally planned, but there is a possibility that the UK will soon force Matchroom to either postpone or cancel shows, at least the ones in March and April, or do the shows without any spectators. The next UK show is March 28 in London with David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly for the EBU European welterweight title. If one were to think about the best case scenario, Matchroom’s three biggest shows coming up in the UK are all taking place either in May or June, all headlined by Dillian Whyte (May 2), Oleksandr Usyk (May 23) and Anthony Joshua’s (June 20) next respective fights.
The other major show in Europe that is in serious jeopardy is the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight finals, which was going to be Mairis Briedis vs. Yuniel Dorticos for the IBF world title taking place in Riga, Latvia on March 21. The Latvian government ruled that all events and public gatherings with more than 200 people are banned from March 13 to April 14. Comosa AG, the tournament organizers, released a statement saying that it is working with government officials and assess the situation before making a decision. That decision was made on March 14 and the fight is now taking place at Arena Riga on May 16.
In regards to other shows across North America, CES Boxing announced that tonight's show from the Twins River Casino Hotel in Rhode Island has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Toka Kahn Clary was supposed to be fighting Dennis Contreras on the card. In Canada, fight cards on March 12, March 14 and March 21, all of which were set to take place at the Casino of Montreal, have been canceled.
The planned March 27 event in Philadelphia titled “Philly Special” will now take place on June 19 at the 2300 Arena and feature the same lineup of fights and be headlined by Stevie Ortiz vs. Damon Allen.
Shearns Boxing Promotions' "Fight Night In Framingham," scheduled to be held March 20 at Sheraton Framingham Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts, has been postponed.
BKFC announced that the March 14 show in Wichita, Kansas has been postponed and now taking place on June 20. The show was going to feature the bare knuckle boxing debut of unbeaten pro boxer and 2016 Olympic medalist Nico Hernandez.
The March 14 Murphys Boxing show at the House Of Blues in Boston has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The card was going to feature fights from the likes of Charles Foster, Niall Kennedy, Carlos Gongora and more.
This follows a number of countries who have also made changes to upcoming boxing shows, especially Japan and Italy. Matchroom Boxing announced that the February 28 and March 27 cards in Italy have been postponed and the Japanese Boxing Commission & Japan Professional Boxing Association announced that all boxing events have been canceled and postponed until April 15. Although there are some noteworthy fights from both Italy and Japan that were affected as a result, the biggest bout that was suspended was a fight between Junto Nakatani and Giemel Magramo for the vacant WBO flyweight world title at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on April 4.
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