British boxing WILL RETURN in February with Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook set to be clear as BBBofC’s Robert Smith explains decision to suspend January fights
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British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith told talkSPORT that boxing will resume in the UK in February.
The BBBofC announced on New Years Day that the sport had been suspended for the month of January.
Much like in previous years, the increase in COVID cases has raised concerns, and on the advice of their medical panel, the BBBofC has decided to call off all fights this month.
Speaking to White and Jordan on talkSPORT, Smith said of the February schedule: “Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook – I’m confident I have a doctors meeting tomorrow.
“We’ll be doing it again in February, I’m sure the contest will take place, as long as the government doesn’t change anything about the crowds.”
He continued, “In February they can do shows and we’ll go from there.
“I have no doubts that it is the right thing to do. I am advised by the doctors, I must follow the advice.
“If you have the doctors, you have to listen to what they are saying.
“These decisions are tough decisions to make, but that’s why we rule a sport.”
Explaining the decision to suspend fighting in January, Smith added, “Other sports are lucky.
“We have Jurgen Klopp who can’t go to a soccer game because of COVID, you have players unable to go to games because of COVID, but they can be replaced.
“In boxing, they can’t.
“At the end of the day, if anything happens regarding the virus or any contact with anyone, the show is over.
“The decision taken by the board of directors – which I fully support – is: ‘Let’s have a circuit breaker for a month’.
“It’s only two weeks after all because no boxing usually happens in the first two weeks of January.
“We will do it again in February.
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