Zuffa Boxing Reportedly Faces Roadblock With December Debut
It appears as if Zuffa Boxing won’t be making its debut in December.
It was reported by Journal de Montreal that Claressa Shields was set to take on Marie-Eve Dicaire in a light-middleweight title fight. The plan was to have the bout take place under the Zuffa Boxing banner. This would’ve been the promotion’s debut and it was said to be taking place in Las Vegas.
Sarah Shephard of The Athletic is reporting that those plans have been dashed. Here’s what Shephard revealed in a Twitter post.
Despite reports to the contrary @TheAthleticBOX understands there will be no Zuffa women’s boxing event held in Nevada in December due to the current challenges posed by COVID. Huge shame – would have been a big opportunity for some of the biggest names in women’s #boxing.
— Sarah Shephard (@SarahShepSport) November 11, 2020
“Despite reports to the contrary The Athletic understands there will be no Zuffa women’s boxing event held in Nevada in December due to the current challenges posed by COVID. Huge shame – would have been a big opportunity for some of the biggest names in women’s boxing.”
UFC president Dana White has been discussing Zuffa Boxing since 2017. At first, White was mum on his plans for the promotion. As time progressed, the UFC boss said he was speaking to just about every major player in the boxing industry aside from Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya.
White began to have doubts about Zuffa Boxing. He cited the state of the sport and his potential inability to “fix” it. The UFC boss changed his tune and began to show optimism about his venture into boxing.
We’ll keep you updated on the Zuffa Boxing situation.