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  • Writer's pictureDexter Hastings

Corona K.O's Boxing For Now

After the EFL and Premier league took a knee due to the Corona Virus it has now got the professional boxing promoters on the ropes. March was due to have some mouth watering shows with BcB promotions holding ‘March Mayhem’ at the Walsall town Hall and Hennessy sports holding the British title Encounter between Birmingham’s Shakan Pitters and Chad Sugden at the Skydome in Coventry both on the 28th March. These two shows have now been postponed to a later date with Ben Fields Midlands title fight which was meant to be on Sunday 29th against Alex Fearon also being postponed.

April has also taken a standing eight with the BcB postponing it’s ‘Telford Take Over’ show which was meant to be on the 4th April and Tommy Owens Promotions cancelling its ‘Good Fight Day' show on 10th April.

BcB Promotions made this statement on there social it read - March Mayhem & Telford Takeover Postponed

It is with regret BCB Promotions announce that our March Mayhem show, scheduled to take place next Saturday at Walsall Town Hall, and our Telford Takeover show, scheduled for 4th April, have been postponed.

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented decisions made both globally and domestically that have affected all areas of our life and impacted professional sport.

This hasn’t been an easy to decision to make.

The shows will be rescheduled as soon as events allow. Tickets are refundable from the point of purchase.

The British Boxing Board of Control have issued a two-week blanket closure of all non televised events. The BBBoC will reassess in April and we will look at our other scheduled April shows in due course.

Please understand this is an ever-changing landscape.

Tommy Owens Promotions have also made a statement on social media saying this, Due to the current situation regarding Corona Virus (Covid-19) it would not be responsible as a promoter nor in the public interest to continue to host our 10th April show.

So we will be cancelling it with the hope to concentrate on our schedules Topboxing’s Weekender all being well.

We are disappointed to have to do this but everyone’s health is more important so we know it’s the right decision.

On the BBBoC (British Boxing Board of Control) website they have this message up, it reads - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

With regard to the above and the statement made by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, all public tournaments under the jurisdiction of the British Boxing Board of Control are unfortunately cancelled. Further consideration of the matter will take place at the beginning of April.

There are still shows that scheduled in April but this Covid-19 is looking like it will take out the rest of the month. The Birmingham Boxing Column will keep you informed on any more news.

Dexter’s Thoughts

Gutted that Covid-19 has struck right at the heart of professional boxing with a blanket ban on shows in March and the start of April. This virus has already fucked up my Holiday as I was off to Spain at the end if April but that is off at the moment. I am more gutted for the fighters who have been training hard for there respected fights especially the lads that were vying for titles. Shakan Pitters has been waiting for his British title shot from last year and will now have to wait a least a month before he gets his chance. The 0-taker Ben Fields who I know for a fact has been training like a demon for his Midlands area title fight will be gutted he has been made to wait. Finger crossed they all get there chance in May and that thus Virus has been sorted out. I look forward to when we all stop panicking about a bad flu and get back to normality.

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