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Coronavirus news: How boxing is affected by pandemic, including Canelo Alvarez, Derek Chisora and Anthony Joshua fights

The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the world of sport.

Multiple events across the globe are now either taking place behind closed doors or being scrapped altogether as the number of cases and deaths sadly continue to rise.

Boxing is no different, with a number of big shows being called off.

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders is being planned for May 2

Sunday, March 15 Updates

  • The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted to suspend all combat sports events in the state until 25 March when they will next meet
  • If the ban is extended, it will hit Luis Nery vs Aaron Alameda and Otto Wallin vs Lucas Browne, both of which are scheduled for the Park MGM on 28 March – FULL LIST OF UPCOMING FIGHTS

Meanwhile, Promoter Barry Hearn has revealed his concerns over Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight with Kubrat Pulev at White Hart Lane on 20 June.

“We know we are in the s***”, he said, admitting “we don’t know whether [Joshua vs Pulev] will happen now.

“You don’t want to cancel big events and where possible we will play them, but this is the equivalent of a world war.

“In all my years of sport, I’ve never encountered these unprecedented circumstances. We’ve got 650 live events this year and we’ve already had to cancel a snooker tournament in China and have now been forced to cancel pool events in North America because the situation has escalated over there.” Guidelines will be followed, he said, with people’s livelihoods at stake.

“People are still going to work, so I would ask the questions whether the whole country needs to be closed down and we suck it up.

“The economy would be in tatters and it would be a bitter pill to swallow, but at the end of the day this is a serious virus and peoples’ lives are at stake.”


Saturday, March 14 Updates

  • Derek Chisora has put all of his sparring partners in quarantine ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk on May 23. – READ FULL STORY

Friday, March 13 Updates

  • Canelo vs Billy Joe Saunders (May 2) could be postponed, fight not officially announced yet – READ FULL STORY
  • Saunders’ promoter Eddie Hearn expects the Canelo fight to be announced next week regardless
  • Hearn also said he’s preparing rearranged dates for his upcoming shows if needed
  • Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga (March 14) has been postponed – READ FULL STORY
  • Michael Conlan vs Belmar Preciado (March 17) has been postponed – READ FULL STORY
  • Derek Chisora wore an anti-coronavirus suit and Oleksandr Usyk sprayed disinfectant at their press conference – READ FULL STORY
  • Three of boxing’s governing bodies have put out the below statements regarding coronavirus
The WBO, WBA & WBC president have put out statements

Thursday, March 12 Updates

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not banned large sporting events yet, Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev (June 20) remains on track
  • Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Samuel Vargas (March 28) has been postponed
  • Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos WBSS cruiserweight final (March 21) is in doubt as the Latvian government have banned events with 200+ people
  • Naoya Inoue vs John Riel Casimero (April 25) may take place behind closed doors in a TV studio
  • Artur Beterbiev vs Fanlong Meng (March 28) is up in the air as the local government have banned large events with 250+ people
  • James Kirkland vs Marcos Hernandez (March 14) has been postponed
Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev is still on for June 20


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