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British Boxing Board of Control eyes July return for boxing

The board says it will be unlikely that fans will be allowed to attend live fights in the beginning.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

According to a recently released statement by the British Boxing Board of Control, they’re hoping to resume boxing activities this summer in July, but in an obviously diminished capacity as fans will likely not be able to attend in the numbers they’re accustomed to — at least for a period of time

“Depending upon Government decisions it is hopeful that professional Boxing will commence in July 2020 and we will continue to use our best endeavours to do so and are working closely with our Promoters. Initially, it is unlikely that crowd attending promotions will be permitted.”

The board says once they do start up again there will be no more than five fights per card with COVID-19 testing and pre-fight quarantine for fighters.

It was also was mentioned that once they do resume boxing there will be a focus on having a minimum number of officials, broadcasting personnel, entourages, etc., to ensure the safety of all as much as possible. Finally, the board states that they will have to approve all venues where any card or tournament is intended to be held once their government lockdown has been lifted.

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