While strict stay at home orders are expected to start easing up in early May, the British Boxing Board of Control has made it clear that there still won’t be any boxing events held under its jurisdiction next month.
While there are still roughly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases being reported each day in UK, there remains tremendous pressure on Britain’s National Health Service, which won’t be able to make available medical staff available to the sport of boxing until that number drops into the low hundreds. That could be well into the summer.
Here is part of the statement from the British Board:
“We recognise that licence holders will want to prepare for restrictions being lifted and sport resuming. However, it is important to remember that professional Boxing will not be able to resume as soon as the ‘lockdown’ and social distancing measures are lifted.
“While the NHS is still fighting/recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic we cannot place any further pressure on the system.”
The statement goes on to say that medical professionals will justifiably need time to rest and recuperate after dealing with this global crisis and that the board wants to give consideration to those individuals, as well as maintain the safety of fighters. The board finishes their statement by saying they’re looking forward to resuming boxing activities once it’s safe to do so.