Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing is concerned about the state of UK boxing. Due to the Corona pandemic, all major British boxing events have been canceled until the end of February. The question is whether sport will return right after that.
Hearn has hosted many events across the UK over the years, including Anthony Joshua. This is not currently possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BoxingScene.com’s best promoters have spoken about the potential consequences of not being able to organize boxing events with an audience in England. Hearn sees his plans for a fight between Joshua and Tyson Fury falling into the water when the boxing is delayed for a longer period of time.
“If all other major sports are allowed to return and boxing is not allowed, it can go down very quickly,” says Hearn. “What we learned in the last year is that anything can happen at any time. I was hoping for the infection rate to drop, but we still have four weeks before the premiere.”
Football is still allowed in England and Hearn does not like it. “I know boxing is different from football. But the quality of our bubbles, testing and isolation of fighters is totally different from football that might get tested and go home and then travel to Dubai. I feel we have a very good system, but there is a difference in Medicare in our sport compared to other sports. Anything is possible, but at the moment I feel that everyone is committed to the return of boxing in February. “
Hearn discussed the possibility of Joshua vs. Fury outside England. Relocation to Dubai or Abu Dhabi will be possible.
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