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Beterbiev-Fanlong, Inoue-Casimero Among Fights Postponed By Top Rank

Bob Arum announced Monday that all of his promotional company’s cards scheduled for the remainder of March and all of April have been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement followed a flurry of postponements throughout the boxing world Monday. The shows Arum’s Top Rank Inc. had scheduled for March and April will be rescheduled “as soon as it’s safe and reasonable to do so,” according to a press release issued Monday.

“The health and safety of our fighters, staff and ESPN’s incredible production team is the most important thing as we plan our next steps,” Arum said. “We look forward to the day when we can bring our loyal fans world-class boxing once again, but exercising caution is the most prudent thing to do at this moment.”

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The two most prominent fights postponed by Top Rank on Monday were to feature undefeated champions Artur Beterbiev and Naoya Inoue.

Russia’s Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) was scheduled to make a mandatory defense of his IBF light heavyweight title against China’s Meng Fanlong (16-0, 10 KOs) on March 28 at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada. Before postponing it, Arum explored the possibility of moving the Beterbiev-Fanlong fight from Quebec to a studio setting in Las Vegas.

Japan’s Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) was set to face the Philippines’ Johnriel Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) in a highly anticipated bantamweight title unification bout April 25 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. They were to fight for Inoue’s IBF and WBA 118-pound titles and Casimero’s WBO belt.

Another April card Top Rank planned to promote in Las Vegas would’ve featured IBF super flyweight champ Jerwin Ancajas in the main event. The Philippines’ Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KOs) was slated to defend his title against Mexico’s Jonathan Rodriguez (21-1, 15 KOs) on April 11 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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Comment by Santa_ on 03-19-2020

Comment by RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM on 03-19-2020

my physical and mental states is showing some suffering from withdrawal symptoms of not having boxing...and the idea of further postponements..... im gunna die..

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 03-19-2020

Another excellent fight canceled. I am tired of this s[I]hi[/I]t, but I have empathy and understand their side. Is better to take precaution before is late. To all my friends, we are going to get bore, but we are going…

Comment by Airtioteclint on 03-19-2020

Inoue-Casimero was the only fight ive been looking forward to. Is Loma and Lopez still going on at least?

Comment by 57Blues on 03-17-2020

There was a lot of great potential fights coming up the 2020 year was just about to get started for real in all divisions I had a nice stack of fight cards set up and ready to be filled in.…

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