That’s what Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping. “We’re back in the bubble for a big night of boxing this Friday, the world super middleweight championship between Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN around the world. It’s great to be here.
“We’ve been lifted by the news that fans will return for the Anthony Joshua versus Kubrat Pulev fight on December 12. 1,000 allowed into The SSE Arena, Wembley for that, so this effectively, touch wood, will be our last ever show, we hope, behind closed doors. We’re ready to make the most of it, and ready for a great night of boxing.”
Hearn’s next U.S. show, Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, will have a limited 17% capacity with fans in socially distanced clusters of seating.
Shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Mashantucket, Connecticut, are still being staged behind closed doors for the time being. Texas is allowing limited seating, as is Florida, although some Florida shows are still taking place behind closed doors (such as the recent Jacobs-Rosado bout).