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Miguel Cotto submits plan to restart Puerto Rican boxing in August

Top Rank and Zanfer intend to resume in June

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The boxing world appears to have collectively decided that things will resume in the summer, with different regions eyeing different months in particular. Much of North America is planning for June, Britain is looking at July, and Puerto Rican boxing legend Miguel Cotto has submitted a detailed proposal to the territory’s Department of Sports and Recreation for an August restart.

Under Miguel Cotto Promotions’ plan, which is still awaiting a response:

Full tests to boxers would be administered when contracts are signed and again five days before an event.

Other recommendations include: cards would be limited to 28 rounds and five fights; all the stadium and promotions company employees that are part of the card would have periodic temperature checks; referees would wear protective equipment; and boxers’ crews would be limited to a trainer and a cut specialist also wearing protective equipment.

Meanwhile, judges would be situated about six feet from the ring and behind a plastic divider. Ring officials, including medical staff, would be approximately 12 feet away while keeping a distance of six feet between them. Paramedics would be about 13 feet away from the ring in case of an emergency.

This looks to be a reasonable proposal, although the round limit could be an issue for fighters accustomed to going 10 or 12, thus limiting the possibility of having more than one major matchup per card.

The UFC is currently serving as the guinea pig for behind-closed-doors events, putting on three in the span of a week. I expect a lot of people’s plans could change depending on what those fighters’ situations look like one incubation period from now.

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