The British Boxing Board of Control have this morning cancelled all events due to take place in January because coronavirus cases in the UK are spiralling out of control. Fortunately there was only one major show scheduled this month, David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly for the European welterweight strap on January 30.
That bout will have to be moved for a third time as Great Britain attempts to get a grip on the killer virus.
In a statement, the BBBofC said: “Following the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom and the effects such increases has on the NHS and the work of the Board Medical Officers, it has been decided that no tournaments under the jurisdiction of the British Boxing Board of Control will take place in January 2021.
“A further review by the Board’s Medical Panel and Stewards will take place later in January in relation to tournaments from February onwards.”
Eddie Hearn will be looking for dates to reschedule Kelly’s showdown with Avanesyan but he has warned he will take events overseas if the UK extends their suspension.
“Seen the statement from the BBBofC that January shows will be postponed in the UK,” Hearn tweeted.
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“Boxing for us will now restart early Feb. Hopefully that will be in the UK but we will proceed regardless, safely and by any means necessary.
“To the fighters out there..stay ready!”
Hearn was asked by a fan if that directly meant rescheduled existing fights to foreign locations.
“Whatever it takes,” the Matchroom Boxing chief replied.
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Hearn was able to get one huge fight put on in front of supporters before the ban was introduced as Anthony Joshua took on Kubrat Pulev last month.
The WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion defended his straps with a ninth-round knockout.
There were 1,000 spectators present at Alexandra Palace but Hearn hopes more will be allowed to attend if he broken a deal for Joshua to fight Tyson Fury.
“We’re close. Backwards and forwards with contracts at the moment,” he said in an interview with SiriusXM Boxing.
“Things have been progressing really well over the last week.
“I really believe you will see that fight May/June, everyone’s working well in the right direction.”
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