Government Cancels May 30 Boxing Event In The Dominican Republic
A sense of normalcy for the world of boxing will have to wait just a little bit longer. A six-fight event scheduled for this Saturday, May 30 in the Dominican Republic has been canceled. The Dominican Republic government called off the card as a result of coronavirus concerns.
According to ESPN, the event was nixed because it was not in line with the health and safety protocols of the Dominican government. Additionally, all sporting events were suspended and the approval of the Sports Ministry will be needed to put on any event.
No fighters or anyone on their team tested positive for COVID-19. The following procedures were in place leading up to Saturday:
- Pre-fight testing will take place on Wednesday. Only a fighter and their team will be present. If the test is negative, a team can return to the hotel.
- The arena will be disinfected on Thursday.
- All participants must get their temperature checked, while non-fighters must wear gloves and masks.
The second test results were supposedly coming in today. Sports Minister Danilo Diaz went on to say that all sports in the country would be suspended until June 3 at the latest.
The main event of the ESPN/ESPN Deportes event would have been Norbelto Jimenez taking on Eliezer Aquino. Jimenez (29-9-5) is coming off of a split decision draw with Aliu Bamidele Lasisi. Aquino (21-4-1) last fought in November, avenging a loss he suffered at the hands of Luis Reynaldo Nunez. The two were involved in a technical draw back in 2013.
The event would have been hosted by Shuan Boxing, who worked with the WBA to create a safe environment, even with no fans allowed in attendance. There is no word if both fighters, or any of the others booked for the event, will be compensated for their troubles.