Japanese Boxing Commission Suspends All March Events
Over the past few weeks, events have been altered all over the world due to the coronavirus. Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank have felt the wrath of the virus. Now, it appears that Japan is doing whatever it can to avoid the virus spreading.
ESPN became the first entity to announce that the Japan Professional Boxing Association has cancelled all cards scheduled for March. They will be rescheduled only when the situation surrounding the coronavirus lessons. Today (February 27) will be the last card to take place in Tokyo. The Hajime no Ippo tournament semifinals will take place inside Korakuen Hall.
Looking into the schedule, it appears that 16 events were scheduled to take place in March. That includes amateur and junior bouts.
According to the latest from CNN, the coronavirus has infected over 82,000 people around the world, with 2,800 deaths. Precautions have already been made to make sure everyone is safe, whether it be handing out masks or disinfectants.
It is still unclear the status of other major sports. Just recently, Japan’s Grand Sumo Tournament was cancelled, while New Japan Pro Wrestling had to suspend a major tournament. The Olympics are also in jeopardy. Set to take place in Tokyo, IOC member Dick Pound is in charge of informing over 11,000 athletes if they will be competing in the Summer Games or not.
“As far as we all know, you’re going to be in Tokyo,” Pound stated. “All indications are at this stage that it will be business as usual. So keep focused on your sport and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation.”