Bob Arum would already be organizing smaller events in June

Bob Arum (Photo: PuzzlePix Photo Agency)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no boxing events have been held in the US since mid-March, but promoters and boxers are confident that the situation will soon be resolved. Restrictions have gradually begun to loosen in several countries in Europe and are planned in the US. Maybe in the near future it will be possible to organize closed-door events, where boxing life could slowly resume under strict health checks. This is also planned by Top Rank leader Bob Arum.

Arum said he is in constant consultation with the Athletics Committees of the Nevada, California and Texas states that a couple of match events could be held behind closed doors as early as June.

He thought there would be 4-fights little events that ESPN would broadcast. Two weeks before fights, quarantine, rigorous medical examinations and continuous testing for coronavirus. During the two-week quarantine, boxers could train in Top Rank’s own gym, where they are constantly disinfected. Boxers, coaches, judges, television crew, medical staff would be constantly tested and segregated as much as possible. And from these little events, he thought 2-3 times a week. He also talked about setting up the ring in a hotel where the participants would be accommodated him so that everything would be concentrated in one place.

According to him, it is possible to start again with roughly such conditions, as they certainly cannot organize big galas at once, this is how the galas would take place for about 2-3 months.

However, there is an aggravating circumstance that can affect the quality of fights / events. Namely, that there is an entry ban in the US for the time being. Until this is resolved, he could only organize fights with american boxers or foreign boxers currently in the U.S. It probably wouldn’t bring the top boxers to these little events anyway, they’re kept as big as the events can already be open doors, because there’s a lot of money lost in, say, a third Fury – Wilder fight you can’t watch on the spot.

For ongoing testing, he plans to procure a machine for his own rapid tests that would be made available to the Athletics Committee, but even that has not been obtained.

So for now, these are just plans from Arum, but they’re constantly working on it and somehow we have to start restarting the boxing life. Oscar De La Hoya thinks similarly, but he thinks from July that a closed doors will be able to start again with smaller events.