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British Board Fears Some Smaller Promoters Will Go Out of Business

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) is concerned that smaller promoters will eventually go out of business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has paused the sport of boxing in the UK since early March.

The British Board is looking to resume the sport in the month of July.


But when boxing resumes, the events will be be staged in a closed doors setting.

Smaller promoters, who don't have the backing of television networks, will be unable to stage events - as the majority of the revenue they generate comes from the sale of tickets.

In 2019, the British Board oversaw 270 shows and the "vast majority" were staged by promoters who do not have television backing.

"They do a fantastic job but they need bums on seats to make any money," BBBoC's general secretary Robert Smith told the BBC's 5 Live Boxing Podcast.

"So we do have concerns on whether they can come back. I would say if we go behind closed doors, [all] promoters are going to take a big financial hit. But [certain promoters] have contracts with TV companies and we want to get boxing back on TV.

"Unfortunately we will lose some [promoters]. That is a business. If they are strong enough, they will survive, if they are not, we will lose some. We are trying to help some where we can but we don't have an endless money pit. It's not nice to say but there will be casualties but the strong will get through it."

The British Board put together a strict set of guidelines to ensure the upcoming events are staged in a safe manner.

"We have to keep things as sterile as possible," Smith said.

"What we were really saying is - as you know if you've been to boxing and see boxers spitting on the canvas - we are the same as other sports like football, where they are being discouraged from spitting during the action."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by rudy on 06-01-2020

The big promoters used them like dogs pinch their fighters and don’t give nothing back to all the small gyms out there help them u greedy sod mainly Eddie Hearns and his ppv boxers

Comment by Bunch Pag on 06-01-2020

They will obviously need help/backing and obviously everyone won't be able to be saved but for me the bigger companies should offer some sort of help. they all pay the fees and other monies to boxing associations so for me…

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 06-01-2020

I feel sad for the smaller promoter's around the world that is going to bankruptcy. As a human being first, I feel empathy for others and sad for boxing in general for this issue. I hope the majority of smaller…

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