May 30 Dominican Republic Event Will Test Run WBA COVID-19 Protocols
Before Top Rank returns in June, boxing fans will be able to get a taste of the sport that has been halted since early March.
Shuan Boxing Promotions will be bringing the sport back to the Dominican Republic this Saturday, March 30. Taking place inside Coliseo Carlos “Teo” Cruz, the main event will be Norbelto Jimenez taking on Eliezer Aquino. ESPN Deportes will be broadcasting the fight.
Due to the coronavirus affecting events, promoters are looking for ways to make the events a safe atmosphere. The World Boxing Association will be keeping an eye on the protocols involved, which include pre-fight testing of fighters. Fighters are already isolating, having been in a hotel for 15 days. There are six fights total on the card.
“They have been tested, they’ll be tested before the fight, they’re going to be screened at the weigh-in, people have to wear masks,” WBA President Gilberto Mendoza stated to ESPN.
There are currently no plans for post-fight testing. According to ESPN, the following procedures will take place:
- 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.
Jimenez (29-9-5) is coming off of a split decision draw with Aliu Bamidele Lasisi. The 29-year-old is a WBA mandatory challenger for the 115-pound division. Aquino (21-4-1) has already faced Jimenez before. The two were involved in a technical draw back in 2013.
If all goes according to plan, the WBA can give the green light to several entities. Several promotions are looking to follow the path of the UFC, who held three events in a week not that long ago.