Coronavirus: Boxing schedule hit as Top Rank, Matchroom call off fights


Artur Beterbiev may not be in movement this month, as Top Rank Boxing has cancelled its planned shows for March and April.

Top Rank Boxing has cancelled all its boxing shows scheduled for March and April on account of the coronavirus outbreak, while Matchroom Boxing’s Maryland card could also be off.

IBF and WBC light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev is one of those combatants affected, as he were due to transport up towards Meng Fanlong in Quebec on March 28.

That show, together with others in Las Vegas on April 11 and Tulsa six days later, have been shelved over neatly being concerns amid the global pandemic.

Naoya Inoue – who signed a multi-year handle Top Rank at the end of 2019 – will have to wait to make his debut underneath new promoters too, along side his unification fight with fellow bantamweight global champion John Riel Casimero no longer taking place on April 25.

“The health and safety of our fighters, staff and ESPN’s incredible production team is the most important thing as we plan our next steps,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum discussed in a commentary.

“We look forward to the day when we can bring our loyal fans world-class boxing once again, but exercising caution is the most prudent thing to do at this moment.”

Meanwhile, the warfare between former super-lightweight global champions Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker would possibly not occur at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill on April 17 as planned.

Matchroom issued an exchange on their web page to make sure the scoop, even though they are “exploring alternative options” for the fight, along with the possibility of rescheduling for every other date later inside the 12 months.