Boxing

Frank Warren ‘optimistic’ Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce fight will go ahead

Boxing is ready to fight on if the Government allows big events to continue.

The last thing we will do is risk the safety of our fans and fighters.

But as long as it is safe for large gatherings to continue then boxing must keep going.

We are still very excited about Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce clashing for the British heavyweight title next month.

That will be a huge event and ticket sales have been brilliant so far.

We don’t want to disappoint the punters by cancelling anything until we are told we should for the safety of the public.

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As we said in a statement this week, the plan is still for that show to go ahead.

And we remain very optimistic it will take place as planned.

So both main event fighters and everyone else on the card are continuing with their preparations to be ready to deliver a hell of a show.

It appears that eventually events will get cancelled at some point over the next few months and there is nothing we can do about that.

We hope maybe it won’t come to that but we will listen to the Government and also the British Boxing Board of Control on the matter.

Boxing is not a sport that really works behind closed doors.

The fans and the atmosphere are crucial to making the sport special.

The priority will be to ensure the public’s health and we don’t want any virus sweeping through boxing.

But it will also be tough for fighters and everyone involved if the sport is shut down for a period.

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While there is plenty of money swirling around at the top of all sports, those further down the ladder rely on every penny they can earn.

But we must always remember that there will be hardship for people in every walk of life over the coming months.

These are unprecedented times for the whole country and not just for sport.

We are ready to continue to provide entertainment for fans while we can, but our main wish is that as many people as possible stay healthy.

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