While it’s obviously been frustrating for fighters who’ve had their fights called off on short notice over coronavirus precautions, it’s clearly not only the fighters who are feeling the pinch. With the current state of things even promoters are between a rock and a hard place, finding difficulty in trying to plan postponements and reschedule cards while it’s unclear when we’ll even be able to get back to action.
Carl Moretti of Top Rank talks to ESPN about some of the troubles he’s encountered while trying to sort out their plans for the near future.
“How do you make provisions based on what is happening when what is happening is not over yet? We haven’t found a lot of answers yet because this thing is still moving,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said.
“You go back to the drawing board, but you can’t go back to the drawing board because there is no drawing board because nothing like this has ever happened. Is everything going to be normal in 30 days? Who knows? What’s our conversation like two weeks from today? You don’t know. The hard part is we don’t know. Who the hell knows?”
Top Rank currently has a May 9 card headlined by Jose Ramirez vs Viktor Postol set in Fresno, but that’s clearly iffy at the moment and could certainly be another card to get the axe. Meanwhile a highly anticipated fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez was expected to happen on May 30 (despite still haggling over a site) but that’s also thought to now get pushed until later in the year as well.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed.