It is likely that discussions between Government and sporting organizations on Friday morning will decide whether the historic all-women’s card at the O2 Arena, London, will go ahead after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Several sporting fixtures on Friday have been called off after her death at 96 on Thursday, including football matches, the cricket Test match between England and South Africa and all horse racing fixtures.
But it is far from clear whether sport will resume at the weekend. After the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, sport largely stopped, although her death at the age of 36 came as a huge shock.
Indeed, when King George VI, the Queen’s father, died in 1952, sporting fixtures went ahead, with minute silences held.
The Government is due to have talks with the Premier League on Friday morning as well as the England and Wales Cricket Board. It seems likely that boxing will follow the decision of those sports when deciding whether to go ahead.
Saturday’s show is topped by the undisputed world middleweight title fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall, with the unified super-featherweight title fight between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner also on the same bill.
Friday’s weigh-in is still due to go ahead, albeit behind closed doors.
It would seem likely that any sport on the day of the funeral will be postponed, although that is unlikely to take place for more than a week, with a lying-in-state likely to take place next week.
West End theatres have announced they will continue with performances during any official period of mourning, although they would be likely to close on the day of the funeral.
BOXXER, who are the lead promoter of the event, issued a statement on Thursday.
"News of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was received with great sadness by the athletes and staff of BOXXER today. Out of the deepest respect, Friday’s scheduled official weigh-ins for BOXXER - LEGACY: Shields vs Marshall, will now take place behind closed doors and will not be open to the media or to members of the public.
"An announcement regarding the status of Saturday’s event, at The O2 in London, will be made following consultation with relevant government and sports sector bodies and will be made at the earliest possible opportunity. This announcement will be made via Boxxer.com and the official BOXXER social media channels. The deepest sympathies of every BOXXER athlete and staff member are with the Royal Family and everyone affected by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.