Boxing could face ‘serious decisions’ for big fights to happen says Promoter Frank Warren

Boxing promoter Frank Warren says the sport may need to make “serious decisions” on a way forward as the sport gears up for its return in the UK on Friday.

A first show since the coronavirus shutdown will take place behind closed doors and Warren says the safety measures present challenges in staging a show.

Warren – now in his 40th year in professional boxing – has never faced the kind of safety, hygiene and logistical challenges that must be overcome for the sport to return successfully in the UK.

He is concerned the sport may soon have to find a way for highly-paid, big-name fighters to compete behind closed doors if they are not to risk a year or more out of the ring.

British super-bantamweight champion Brad Foster, 22, tops the bill on Friday. The supermarket worker knows a win over James Beech Jnr will ensure he gets to keep the Lord Lonsdale belt for good.

Both fighters were tested for coronavirus in recent weeks and will be tested twice during fight week, where they must stay in the hotel Warren has booked out.

Warren admits to being “excited” and “apprehensive” about live boxing returning to television screens.


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