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    British Boxing Board of Control statement on resumption of boxing post COVID 19 lockdown

    At present there is no date for social isolation to end. Public health and safety is everyone’s top priority and the British Boxing Board of Control is taking Government advice so that we can best advise all our licence holders as to when professional boxing in the UK can resume. 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. The principle reason for this are the strict medical practices that the BBBofC has in place for the safety of Boxer’s.

    When restrictions are lifted, the ongoing work for our BBBofC Medical Officers and ambulance crews in their NHS roles will continue for some time. As the immediate pressure on the NHS reduces some Medical Officers may be available to work at BBBofC shows. However, this may not necessarily mean that shows can run. While the NHS is still fighting / recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic we cannot place any further pressure on the system. To put this into perspective, if a Boxer suffers a head injury and requires Neurosurgical intervention they would go to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed in the post-operative period and require vast medical input in the acute setting. The British Boxing Board of Control will not place this pressure on the NHS and professional boxing cannot happen until normal NHS services have resumed.

    Furthermore, NHS staff will have come through one of the biggest challenges faced by the NHS, in its history. All involved will be physically and mentally fatigued. They will justifiably want to take rest and recuperation time. Therefore, due consideration has to be given to the medical personnel before any appointments to tournaments can take place.

    Your patience in the phased return of BBBofC licensed shows will be required and appreciated.

    We will continue to follow the Government and Medical Authorities advice and keep the situation under review and when possible explore all options available to find a way of permitting Boxing when it is safe to do so.

    We would like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

    Please stay home and stay safe.

    ROBERT W. SMITH
    General Secretary
    BRITISH BOXING BOARD OF CONTROL

  • #2
    Nice one, Stan.

    Seen talk by Eddie Hearn and small promoters of behind closed doors shows but I can't see it for a while. You need trained paramedics there, and there just ain't going to be spare ones during this pandemic.
    Last edited by WelshDevilRob; 04-24-2020, 04:31 PM.

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    • #3
      --- I remain reasonably skeptical over the hash govt leaders have made over this Coronavirus panic they have created much less the ham handed oversight of most boxing authorities.

      Biggest threat I see is the mass loss of livelihoods and the greater disturbances that may lead to. Been great for the gun biz in the US...save me Joe Louis!

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      • #4
        The British Boxing Board of Control is 'hopeful' the sport will return in July, but the governing body has warned that restrictions could be enforced in this country.

        Boxing has been suspended since March by the BBBofC, who have sought government advice about its resumption, and suggested that only limited numbers of people will initially be allowed to attend shows.

        A maximum of five fights will be staged on each bill, which will be reviewed by the board, and there will be a pre-tournament medical form, COVID-19 testing and pre-tournament quarantine.

        The statement from the BBBofC read: "At present there is no date for lockdown to end. Public health and safety is everyone's top priority and the British Boxing Board of Control is taking Government advice so that we can best advise all our licence holders as to when professional Boxing in the UK can resume.

        "We recognise that licence holders will want to prepare for restrictions being lifted and sport resuming. It is important to recognise that when professional Boxing promotions can resume there may be restrictions in place.

        "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.

        "In that situation the emphasis will be on minimal numbers of Officials, Licence Holder's, members of the Promoter's team and broadcasting personnel to facilitate a tournament that meets all BBBofC safety requirements.

        "No tournament will be permitted to run unless the venue has been approved by the BBBofC post the Government lockdown being lifted."

        Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn is currently discussing plans to stage future bouts, which would not place any further strain on the NHS.

        "We are working with the government and British Boxing Board of Control to bring back boxing at the safe and appropriate time," Hearn told Sky Sports earlier this week.

        "The focus is on ensuring the safety of the fighters and event teams as well making sure there is absolutely no additional pressure on the NHS in the event of a medical emergency.

        "We have ground-breaking plans to return in July and we are waiting for the call to 'start our engines'. This is a challenging moment for all sports but we are ready and willing to ride the storm when the time is right."

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