It might be the last thing anybody wanted in boxing after things had seemed to be returning to normal but speculation is rife that British boxing is ready to come to another standstill.

With a new Covid variant sweeping through the UK and Christmas week breaking daily infection records, with as many as 100,000 new cases a day, the news was not promising.

At the time of year when Christmas wishes are made, there are few things boxing fans want back more than normality. But, according to promoter Frank Warren, the British Boxing Board of Control has informed him that there will be no boxing events held at all through the month of January. 

An outbreak of Covid in the BBB of C Cardiff headquarters forced them to close their offices from December 22 and their own annual awards dinner on January 30 is surely in jeopardy but it seems likely that the hugely-anticipated bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams will fall by the wayside for a while longer. 

That is due to take place on January 29 in Cardiff. Restrictions in Wales, where the bout was due to be hosted, are already stricter than in England. Warren was also due to promote a show earlier in the month, and it’s surely damning news for those in the small halls who were just hitting their stride again and getting the boxing economy back on its feet.

The Board has not officially announced anything yet, but Warren told IFL that the governing body will not allow fight cards in January and that he now won’t promote a show until March, when he plans to return with three cards, one of which might feature heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Williams-Eubank is a Wasserman fight on Sky Sports, but neither the promoter nor the network have made any announcements and the contest still appears on their schedules.

There’s talk of another post-Christmas lockdown in the UK, or at least a revisit of former measures including hospitality settings being restricted to outdoor seating only and arranged groups of no more than six to meet up. 

News outlets are reporting that these measures, and others, could possibly be implemented until March in a bid to limit hospitalizations and prevent the over-burdening of the NHS [National Health Service]. 

On February 19, Kell Brook is scheduled to meet Amir Khan – finally – at an already sold-out Manchester Arena but the sport, in the UK at least, may find itself in a holding pattern for far longer than it would like.

There are at least four shows in the works for January, but until the Board makes a full announcement it’s a question of watch this space.