Frank Warren outlines how boxing will return amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 10juin 30, 2020
Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has outlined the drastically altered face of boxing when the sport returns in July amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The long-awaited comeback of championship boxing will begin with Brad Foster’s bout with James Beech for the British and Commonwealth titles on July 10 – which will be staged amid tightly-controlled conditions.
The global health crisis forced boxing into its enforced hiatus, but the British Boxing Board of Control signalled the green light for bouts to resume next month.
Promoter Frank Warren outlined how boxing will be staged when the sport returns on July 10
Brad Foster’s (right) bout with James Beech is set to be held at BT Sport’s studios in Stratford
And now Warren has revealed the blueprint to ensure a safe return to the ring. The 68-year-old beat Eddie Hearn to the punch and will hold Queensberry Promotions shows at the BT Sport studios in Stratford.
Foster will defend his title against the unbeaten Beech in the headline of the first of five showpieces.
But the pandemic has heavily affected how sport can be staged over the coming months, and boxing will also have to adapt to a string of new measures to ensure the safety of those taking part.
‘We’ll probably kick off the first show with five bouts on the card,’ Warren told BT Sport.
Foster will defend his title agains the unbeaten Beech amid tightly-controlled safety measures
‘Whereas on a normal night, we’d have 12 to 14 – but they don’t all get on TV. So to start with, it will probably be limited to five.
‘Regarding entourages, they’re out. We’ve got to limit the amount of people in the building. Safety and hygiene is paramount.
‘In the corners, the guys will all be masked up. They’ll be wearing visors. We’ll be in a situation where there won’t be big corners.
‘They will probably have the trainer in the corner and the cutman. That will be it. It’s going to be quite strict – and we will be strict in enforcing it for the safety of everybody there and the safety of the sport.’
Warren revealed that there will be less fights on the card and restricted numbers in the corner
It has also proved crucial that athletes, officials and other personnel are regularly tested for Covid-19, and once again boxing is no different.
Warren has explained that fighters will be constantly checked over by medical teams in the build-up to bouts to prevent the spread of the disease.
He added: ‘The fighters will be tested in training, they will be tested on fight week, they will be tested at the weigh-in, they will have their temperature taken on fight day.
‘They are going to have the medical teams over them like a rash.’