Patera-Boschiero Italy Bout Postponed Due To The Coronavirus
Once the fight and its location was announced, it was almost inevitable that it would have to be altered. Matchroom Boxing has announced that the planned Devis Boschiero v. Francesco Patera bout for the interim WBA Lightweight World Title has been postponed.
Set to take place in Italy on March 27, the event had to end as a result of Italy banning all sporting events from taking place in the country due to the coronavirus. The country is on total lockdown, according to the Italian government.
“The show promoted by Opi Since 82, Matchroom Boxing Italy and DAZN will be rescheduled as soon as health regulations allow,” said Matchroom brass in a statement. “The main event will remain the vacant Interim WBA World Lightweight Title clash between Francesco Patera and Devis Boschiero.”
Boschiero (48-6-2) is currently on a two-fight win streak. The 38-year-old rebounded from a split decision loss to Martin Joseph Ward back in 2018 with a win over Yesner Talavera via points decision and Ivan Tomas in September via TKO. A former European Super Featherweight Champion, Boschiero is 2-1-1 in his last four fights.
Starting his career in 2012, Patera (23-3) is on a five-fight win streak following a decision win over Ruben Gouveia back in May 2018. The next fight, he won the EBU European Lightweight Title in a bout against Lewis Ritson in October that same year. Patera’s last fight was this past October, beating Domenico Valentino via unanimous decision.
The co-main event, featuring Gamal Yafai v. Luca Rigoldi for the EBU European Super-Bantamweight Title, will be included on the rescheduling process.
Besides Italy and boxing, various events and areas are altering plans due to the virus. According to the latest from CNN, over 113,000 people are infected with the coronavirus with over 4,000 deaths accounted for. Over 60 million people in Italy are on lockdown after 463 deaths were confirmed on 9,172 confirmed cases.