Owing to the increase in coronavirus cases in the UK, the body that governs professional boxing in the UK has announced it is suspending all activities under its auspices this month.
Following the rise in 19 Covid cases in the UK and the effects of such an increase on the NHS and the role of the medical officers of the board, BBBofC General Secretary Robert Smith said, “It was decided that no tournaments will take place in January 2021 under the British Boxing Board of Control. “A further review by the medical panel of the Board and stewards would take place later in January in accordance with this. After the British government eased lockdown measures in London, Anthony Joshua’s successful defense of his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles at Wembley’s SSE Arena last month took place in front of 1,000 spectators. The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, however, has contributed to a rapid spike in case numbers, with an additional 57,725 cases registered on Saturday. In the first national lockdown, the BBBofC pointed out that it was wary of overstretching the NHS at a time when emergency services are under tremendous pressure.