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Japan continues all-cancel policy thru May

By Joe Koizumi

A week has seen the coronavirus situation in Japan worsened day after day since March 23 when the JBC/JPBA meeting was held and decided that boxing shows would resume in May. The next liaison conference meeting, however, took place a week later yesterday (March 30), when the JBC/JPBA made a new decision to extend its policy of canceling all cards through the middle of May.

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Every day we see the growing figures of coronavirus infections especially in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, the biggest three cities here. It is already such a critical time that our government is now discussing whether or not to proclaim a state of national emergency, and many sports events have been already canceled or postponed. For the sake of the health of the audience, participants and/or people concerned, it will not be a wise move to stage boxing shows too soon against the government’s and the public’s moral dissuasion. We should be cool and patient until the COVID-19 situation should become improved.

By Joe Koizumi A week has seen the coronavirus situation in Japan worsened day after day since March 23 when the JBC/JPBA meeting was held and decided that boxing shows…
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Billy Joe Saunders suspended for disturbing video

Canelo Alvarez’ unannounced next opponent WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control for posting a demonstration video on social media on the topic of how to hit a woman on the chin if she’s “giving you mouth” during the coronavirus quarantine.

BOXER BILLY JOE SAUNDERS

The British Boxing Board of Control having considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media have suspended his boxer’s licence pending a hearing under the Board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.

ROBERT W. SMITH
General Secretary
BRITISH BOXING BOARD OF CONTROL

Saunders has since apologized saying the video was a joke.

This isn’t the first time Saunders has gotten in trouble for his social media videos. He previously posted a video of himself offering a female drug addict on the street “£150 of crack” in exchange for performing a sex act on his friend and assaulting a stranger for being a “pedophile.” After the woman punched a passer-by, Saunders drove away in his Rolls Royce laughing.

Canelo Alvarez’ unannounced next opponent WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control for posting a demonstration video on social media…
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Matchroom Boxing postpones all May fights

In line with the BBBofC and Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, Matchroom Boxing have postponed all events scheduled to be taking place in May, including Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin at Manchester Arena on May 2, Lee Selby vs. George Kambosos Jr at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on May 9 and Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora at The O2 in London on May 23. Continue reading “Matchroom Boxing postpones all May fights”

In line with the BBBofC and Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, Matchroom Boxing have postponed all events scheduled to be taking place in May, including Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin…
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Japan to resume boxing shows in May

By Joe Koizumi

All boxing shows in March and April, in Japan, were completely canceled by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association; the union of all licensed club owners). But the JBC/JPBA, this Monday (March 23), made a decision to halt its tentative policy to cancel all the boxing schedule– from May on. The first show in May will be a Japanese middleweight title bout between Kazuto Takesako (12-0, 11 KOs) and Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2 KOs) to take place at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, on May 2. Also, on May 9, WBA 108-pound champ Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9 KOs) will defend his belt against Indonesian Andika D’Golden Boy (17-0, 8 KOs) in Sakai city, Osaka Prefecture. On May 16, Japanese 115-pound titlist Kenta Nakagawa will put his belt on the line against Yuta Matsuo in Tokyo. Continue reading “Japan to resume boxing shows in May”

By Joe Koizumi All boxing shows in March and April, in Japan, were completely canceled by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association; the union…
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COVID-19 draws fans to 9-year-old boxing game

FightnightchampionBy Karl Freitag

With COVID-19 causing all the live boxing action to be cancelled for the time being, boxing aficionados are being forced to find other ways to enjoy their favorite sport. One way is to rewatch classic fights. Another way is to view simulated fantasy matchups.

The current “eWBSS Heavyweight Legends” tournament is being simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’ video game in computer vs. computer mode. Although created by EA Sports back in 2011, the game is still considered by many to be the best boxing video game created to date. It was made for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. One reason it hasn’t been updated since is the nightmarish licensing boondoggle required to use fighter’s likenesses. This is the reason major stars like Floyd Mayweather are missing from the 2011 version.

In addition to the eWBSS tournament, on Saturday night light heavyweights Shakan Pitters (13-0, 4 KOs) and Chad Sugden (11-1-1, 4 KOs) will meet in another simulated EA Sports Fight Night Champion match. They were scheduled to clash for the British title Saturday night, but will now face off in a digital boxing ring. Continue reading “COVID-19 draws fans to 9-year-old boxing game”

By Karl Freitag With COVID-19 causing all the live boxing action to be cancelled for the time being, boxing aficionados are being forced to find other ways to enjoy their…
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Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has finished his official telephone talk with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach from 9 PM today (Tuesday), and publicly announced to the nation as follows:

We proposed a postponement of the Olympic Games for about a year until the summer 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak all over the world, and the IOC president Bach then fully agreed to our proposal to mutually decide that the Games won’t take place this year, nor be cancelled but postponed. This scenario has just become solid and final.

By Joe Koizumi Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has finished his official telephone talk with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach from 9 PM today (Tuesday), and publicly…
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Mayweather likely not fighting this year

Former multi-division world champion Floyd Mayweather will likely not be fighting in 2020 after the recent deaths of his ex-girlfriend and mother of his children Josie Harris and his uncle and former trainer Roger Mayweather plus all the disruption to the sport due to the coronavirus. According to TMZ, the 43-year-old Floyd was planning on TWO fights this year, but with two family members passing within one week, the last thing on his mind is fighting.

Former multi-division world champion Floyd Mayweather will likely not be fighting in 2020 after the recent deaths of his ex-girlfriend and mother of his children Josie Harris and his uncle…
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Canelo a -260 favorite over GGG in trilogy fight

ESPN, DAZN’s unofficial publicity department, has announced that DAZN will stage the third fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin later this year after both fighters have interim bouts. Canelo is expected to face Billy Joe Saunders, but not on the original date of Cinco de Mayo weekend. An announcement is expected shortly. GGG will take on IBF mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta. The information is attributed to “sources.”

BetOnline.ag already has established odds on Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez III.

Gennady Golovkin +200 (2/1)
Canelo Alvarez -260 (5/13)

ESPN, DAZN’s unofficial publicity department, has announced that DAZN will stage the third fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin later this year after both fighters have interim bouts. Canelo…
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Dubois-Joyce/Taylor-Khongsong cancelled

Queensberry Promotions Official Statement Regarding Forthcoming Boxing Events:

Following the guidelines and advisory measures announced by both the Government and The British Boxing Board of Control, Queensberry Promotions feel it would be inappropriate to proceed with any forthcoming Boxing promotions in front of live audiences during April and May. The Coronavirus situation is evolving rapidly and we will continue to follow the Government’s guidelines to ensure the Health and Safety of the paying public, staff and the participants. Continue reading “Dubois-Joyce/Taylor-Khongsong cancelled”

Queensberry Promotions Official Statement Regarding Forthcoming Boxing Events: Following the guidelines and advisory measures announced by both the Government and The British Boxing Board of Control, Queensberry Promotions feel it…
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Matchroom cancels all events in March/April

Following advice from the Government and the BBBoC relating to COVID-19, Matchroom Boxing has postponed all events scheduled to be taking place in March and April, including David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly at The O2 in London on March 28, Lewis Ritson vs. Miguel Vazquez at the Utilita Arena Newcastle on April 4 and Terri Harper vs. Natasha Jonas at the Doncaster Dome on April 24.

Fights scheduled to take place on the Avanesyan vs. Kelly show will be merged into future cards, with ticket refunds for March 28 available at the original point of purchase. Ritson’s clash with Vazquez has been rescheduled to Saturday June 27th, while Harper’s all-British world title showdown with Jonas has also been rescheduled to June, with a date to be confirmed shortly.

Following advice from the Government and the BBBoC relating to COVID-19, Matchroom Boxing has postponed all events scheduled to be taking place in March and April, including David Avanesyan vs.…
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Boesel-Dunn WBA title fight cancelled

SES Boxing announced today that the March 28 WBA interim light heavyweight title fight between champion Dominic Boesel and Zac Dunn is cancelled. After considering the daily dynamically changing circumstances of the global coronavirus pandemic, SES determined that staging the event on the scheduled date isn’t possible and a postponement is inevitable. Tickets to the SES event remain valid for the new date, which will be communicated as soon as possible.

“We deliberately and carefully considered this decision to postpone the SES boxing gala,” said promoter Ulf Steinforth. “We got expert advice very early on and would have held this event even after all the restrictions. Above all, our responsibility as part of society is the health and well-being of everyone involved. This was always paramount! Now the postponement is inevitable. I am sorry for our boxers, our SES boxing team, the people who looked after the organization so self-sacrificingly and helpfully and above all for our partners and service providers. Continue reading “Boesel-Dunn WBA title fight cancelled”

SES Boxing announced today that the March 28 WBA interim light heavyweight title fight between champion Dominic Boesel and Zac Dunn is cancelled. After considering the daily dynamically changing circumstances…
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UK cancels all boxing cards

Up until today, UK government and health authorities had decided that all public events presently planned (including boxing events) were free to go ahead. That policy has now ended.

The British Boxing Board of Control today made the following announcement:

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.

The cards definitely cancelled include:
March 20, Golden Contract LH semifinals, ESPN+
March 28, David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly, DAZN

Other cards in likely jeopardy are:
April 4, Lewis Ritson vs. Miguel Vazquez, DAZN
April 11, Joe Joyce vs. Daniel Dubois, ESPN+

Up until today, UK government and health authorities had decided that all public events presently planned (including boxing events) were free to go ahead. That policy has now ended. The…
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March 28 Beterbiev-Fanlong card is cancelled

Top Rank has now cancelled the March 28 ESPN card featuring WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and IBF mandatory challenger Meng Fanlong at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.

Top Rank has also called off a planned April 11 ESPN card featuring IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas defending against Jonathan Rodriguez in Las Vegas, and an April 17 ESPN card featuring WBA super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney defending against Israel Gonzalez in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Top Rank has now cancelled the March 28 ESPN card featuring WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and IBF mandatory challenger Meng Fanlong at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City,…
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All scheduled PBC events cancelled

Due to the growing concerns over COVID-19, Premier Boxing Champions scheduled events for March and April have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. At this time there’s no information regarding future shows.

These shows include:
Luis Nery vs. Aaron Alameda, March 28, Showtime
Jamal James vs. Thomas Dulorme, April 11, FOX
David Benavidez vs. Roamer Angulo, April 18, Showtime

“The health and safety of the boxers, fans and those working the events are of utmost importance to us,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions and lead promoter for the cancelled shows. “We are all disappointed and as we get more information we will address future events.” Continue reading “All scheduled PBC events cancelled”

Due to the growing concerns over COVID-19, Premier Boxing Champions scheduled events for March and April have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. At this time…
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April 17 Prograis-Hooker card cancelled

Matchroom Boxing USA’s event at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Friday April 17 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Former World Super-Lightweight champions Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker were due to meet in Maryland along with undisputed World Welterweight champion Cecilia Brækhus defending her titles against Jessica McCaskill, while Croatian Heavyweight Filip Hrgović was set to take on Jerry Forrest and Olympic gold medal man Daniyar Yeleussinov had his sights set on former unified World champion Julius Indongo. Matchroom Boxing USA is exploring alternative options around staging the event, including on a rescheduled date. Fans should visit their point of sale for ticket refunds.

Matchroom Boxing USA’s event at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Friday April 17 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Former World Super-Lightweight champions Regis Prograis…
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Horn-Tszyu still on track for April 22

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s scheduled bout with IBF #6, WBO #9 Tim Tszyu on April 22 is still on course to go ahead at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Queensland despite the announcement by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that gatherings of more than 500 people will not be permitted by law because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Promoters Dean Lonergan and Matt Rose made the decision to go ahead with the promotion.”We are still going on sale today for general admission tickets and have been on sale for corporate hospitality since Wednesday last week,” Lonergan said to WA Today. Continue reading “Horn-Tszyu still on track for April 22”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s scheduled bout with IBF #6, WBO #9 Tim Tszyu on April 22 is still on course to…
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Tyson Fury ‘tainted meat’ scandal erupts in UK

British tabloids are having a field day over a claim by a farmer who says he lied to UKAD (the UK anti-doping agency) about supplying current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury with uncastrated wild boar in 2015. Fury and his cousin Huey tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in 2015 and blamed it on tainted wild boar meat or supplements. The farmer claims he was promised £25,000 to lie, but was never paid. UKAD apparently is taking the claim seriously.

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, who co-promotes Fury, stated “The farmer making these outrageous allegations sent me a letter last October, full of errors and basically telling me he had committed perjury by signing statements under oath and lying. When I called him, he asked for money. I told him to clear off and get in contact with UKAD. He chose not to speak to UKAD but instead speak to a newspaper. Continue reading “Tyson Fury ‘tainted meat’ scandal erupts in UK”

British tabloids are having a field day over a claim by a farmer who says he lied to UKAD (the UK anti-doping agency) about supplying current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson…
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All cards in Japan cancelled until April 30

By Joe Koizumi

All shows scheduled until April 30 were cancelled or postponed by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association), the union of all licensed club owners (some 270), on Friday. Previously they had decided to cancel all up to April 15 but now extended the application of the forced cancellations for fifteen more days due to the unceasing coronavirus outbreak, which the WHO lately declared pandemic on Wednesday. Continue reading “All cards in Japan cancelled until April 30”

By Joe Koizumi All shows scheduled until April 30 were cancelled or postponed by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association), the union of all…
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WBSS: Dorticos-Briedis cancelled

In response to the coronavirus, Latvian authorities have prohibited events with more than 200 people present until April 14. That means next Saturday’s scheduled WBSS cruiserweight final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos cannot take place as planned. The new proposed date for the WBSS final in Arena Riga is May 16, dependent on the current restrictions being lifted.

Mairis Briedis: “It is what it is and we will now adapt to the new situation and keep training to wait for the green light.”

Yuniel Dorticos: “I understood the impracticality and therefore l will have have to wait until May to win the tournament.”

In response to the coronavirus, Latvian authorities have prohibited events with more than 200 people present until April 14. That means next Saturday’s scheduled WBSS cruiserweight final between Mairis Briedis…
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Sergio Martinez vs. Marcos Maidana??!

Former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is planning a comeback in Spain this June and he wants a real test, not a tune-up. The name of Marcos Maidana has been proposed and both sides are interested in the possibility, either in June or more likely in the following fight if Martinez looks good in his comeback. Both last fought in 2014. Martinez (45) against Miguel Cotto, and Maidana (37) against Floyd Mayweather.

Former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is planning a comeback in Spain this June and he wants a real test, not a tune-up. The name of Marcos Maidana has been proposed…
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Persoon defeated in Olympic qualifier

In a major upset, former WBC female lightweight world champion Delfine Persoon (44-2, 18 KOs) was defeated by unheralded amateur boxer Nikoleta Pita in the opening round of today’s Olympic qualifiers at the Copper Box Arena in London. Scores were 29-28 4x for Pita, 29-28 1x for Persoon, who lost a very controversial decision against Katie Taylor for the undisputed women’s lightweight title last year at Madison Square Garden.

In a major upset, former WBC female lightweight world champion Delfine Persoon (44-2, 18 KOs) was defeated by unheralded amateur boxer Nikoleta Pita in the opening round of today’s Olympic…
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Stevenson, Conlan cards are now cancelled

After close consultation with the New York State Athletic Commission, it has been determined that Saturday’s and Tuesday’s events cannot proceed in light of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Top Rank will work with the Commission to reschedule the events as soon as it is safe for all involved.

The health and safety of the fighters and their teams, and everyone involved in the promotion of these events, necessitated taking this step.

After close consultation with the New York State Athletic Commission, it has been determined that Saturday’s and Tuesday’s events cannot proceed in light of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Top Rank…
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Restricted attendance at SHOBOX event

Following the examples of professional and amateur athletic organizations and associations in other states affected by COVID-19, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Athletic Regulation has decided that the Showtime Presents: Grand Friday Night Fights event scheduled for Friday, March 13 at Grand Casino Hinckley will take place as scheduled, but will do so without a live audience. Attendance at the event will be limited to the fighters, their training staff and immediate family. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, and not because of any specific threat of exposure to COVID-19. Continue reading “Restricted attendance at SHOBOX event”

Following the examples of professional and amateur athletic organizations and associations in other states affected by COVID-19, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Athletic Regulation has decided that…
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March 19 Atlantic City show cancelled

Promoter Lou DiBella has announced that the Broadway Boxing event scheduled for March 19 at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which was to be streamed live on UFC FightPass, has been cancelled. “I urge all of our fighters and boxing fans to stay safe and follow the advice of health officials,” said DiBella.

Promoter Lou DiBella has announced that the Broadway Boxing event scheduled for March 19 at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which was to be streamed live on…
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Kirkland-Hernandez card cancelled

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions event at MGM National Harbor in Maryland, headlined by James Kirkland vs. Marcos Hernandez and promoted by TGB Promotions, will be postponed until a later date.

“In the interest of public health and after reviewing the current information on COVID-19, we have decided the best course of action is to postpone Saturday’s event,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “We understand how disappointing this is to boxing fans and regret any inconvenience.” Continue reading “Kirkland-Hernandez card cancelled”

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions event at MGM National Harbor in Maryland, headlined by James Kirkland vs. Marcos Hernandez and promoted by…
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