Before events could take place in the state, California was still limiting combat sports in the area. A ruling by the California State Athletic Commission has brought MMA and boxing one step closer to returning.
The CSAC released a statement proclaiming that the aforementioned sports have been approved per an emergency regulation. Although COVID-19 has limited non-essential businesses from being active, the regulation allows for specific loopholes.
“This is a tremendous safety and mitigation strategy,” John Carvelli, head chair of CSAC stated, via Boxing Scene. “CSAC has developed tactics through this regulation that focus on prevention, testing, and, in the event of a positive COVID-19 test, isolation. CSAC is doing everything it can to ensure the likelihood of transmission is low.”
The following safety procedures that would need to be in place include:
- A “Quarantine Bubble”, something many sports have been using. Top Rank currently uses that when having fights inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
- Testing all athletes, teams, and personnel before fight night. They will be in isolation throughout and social distancing protocols will be enforced.
- There will be repetitive cleaning and disinfecting of the venue before, during, and after a fight.
- No audiences at events.
These rulings will take place until Phase 4 is complete in California. It is unknown how long it will take due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The timing coincides with Golden Boy returning to action this Friday (July 24) from inside the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Vergil Ortiz Jr. will be leading the charge as he main events against Samuel Vargas. Following that event, Javier Fortuna will face off against Jorge Linares on July 28. Both cards will air on DAZN.
Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime are currently holding events in Connecticut. Stephen Espinoza recently stated that shows could be produced in Calfornia if done right.