The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a serious impact on everyone’s lives. While sport may seem irrelevant at this time, it is important to consider the preparation many athletes have made for events in which they were due to participate. Boxing is one of the major professional sports to have been hit by the spread of the virus. Several highly anticipated fights have now been postponed but they will take place in the future once the COVID-19 situation ends.
The British Boxing Board have extended their suspension of all public boxing events and will review the situation come the end of April.
Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce was due to take place on the 11th of April but this has now been scheduled for the 11th of July. The fight was going to be contested at the at the O2 Arena in London and was seen as the battle of the two brightest young British heavyweight boxers currently in the sport. Both boxers will enter the ring undefeated and this is set to be a tremendous fight, with a sold out crowd.
Dubois remains the favourite to come out on top but Joyce will be hoping to upset the odds by taking the victory. The good news is online bookmakers are continuing to take bets for this fight, as a new date has been agreed, a prime example of this would be VOdds. Being one of the latest Asian handicap betting platforms, VOdds offer aggregated real-time odds from a comprehensive list of difficult to reach Asian bookies. They continuously grow their list of bookmakers includes Pinnacle Sports, SBOBET, MaxBet, and a whole lot more. Users may access VOdds through vodds.com, vodds.co or vodds.net, or alternatively use a VPN for uninterrupted access. So, if you planned to have a flutter on this boxing match, you can go ahead as the odds are currently available online through traditional bookmakers or even do some skype betting which is unique way of getting in on the action.
The same applies for the match between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev. This eagerly anticipated contest is due to take place on the 20th of June and at the time of writing that date remains. However, there are contingency plans in place to push this fight back to July if required and both boxers have been made aware of this possibility. This is going to be a big occasion for British fighter who's last two matches have taken place outside the United Kingdom. Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York City but got his revenge in the rematch which took place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia towards the end of 2019.
Pulev is a Bulgarian boxer who has enjoyed a good run of form which has seen him climb up the world rankings. He has won each of his last 8 fights including victories over Dereck Chisora and Hughie Fury by split and unanimous decision respectively. The fight between Joshua and Pulev is due to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and one to look forward to when things return to normality.
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Is a fight which has been in the pipeline for some time and just as both camps agreed on a deal to meet in the ring, it has now been put on hold due to the outbreak of COVID-19. An announcement was going to be made regarding the fight which was due to take place on the 2nd of May. However, the only announcement which has been made is that no specific date is going to be set until the current situation surrounding the virus becomes clearer.
The meeting between Alvarez and Saunders is one of the most anticipated fights of 2020 and it would be great to see it take place later this year.