British boxing suspended for a month amid alarming rise in Covid-19 cases

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The British Board of Boxing Control have made the decision to ban all planned events in January, due to the rise of Covid-19 cases across the United Kingdom.

Boxing, along with all elite sport in the UK, was cancelled in the midst of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Events did take place during the summer, while Anthony Joshua fought Kubrat Pulev in Wembley Arena, in front of 1,000 socially distanced fans.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn managed to get a number of behind closed doors events during the first wave, in their ‘Fight Club’ series.

The Fight Camp set up at Matchroom HQ
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Across four weeks at Matchroom HQ, 18 fights were staged, including five world title clashes.

Mick Hennessy also held a successful event without fans to finish the year for UK fight fans.

Hearn had hoped to schedule a European Welterweight title fight between Josh Kelly and David Avanesyan on January 30, but that will now be rescheduled after the BBOC’s latest update.

In a statement released on January 3, they 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."

Fortunately, January had very few fights planned with Kelly’s fight and Lee McGregor’s Bantamweight bout with Karim Guerfi, the two high-profile fights that will need to be moved.

Luke Cambell's defeat to Ryan Garcia in Dallas will be the last British fight until at least December

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On Saturday night, British Olympic champion, Luke Campbell fought highly-touted Mexican-American star Ryan Garcia in front of 6,000 fans in Texas.

Campbell shocked the partisan crowd in the second round after knocking down Garcia, but would ultimately be beaten after a shuddering body shot floored him in the seventh.

That now appears to be the final performance from a British fighter until at least February, with the new Covid strain threatening to once again, wreak havoc on sport, and the wider population.

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