17 March 2020

Harper, Jonas, Marshall, Cameron, Courtenay and Scotney all hit as fights cancelled

Matchroom Boxing have announced three of their events in March and April have been either postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result of the extenuating circumstances, Matchroom took to Twitter to formally cancel their show on March 28 at The 02 and postpone their other dates of April 4 and April 24 until June.

Matchroom announced the cancellations and postponements to their shows via Twitter (Twitter: Matchroom Boxing)

Savannah Marshall was scheduled to box for a light-heavyweight world title in Newcastle on April 4, while Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas were set to fight one another in an all-British dust-up in Doncaster on April 24.

Chantelle Cameron and Shannon Courtenay were set to feature on the undercard at the Doncaster Dome and Ellie Scotney was hoping to make her professional debut in London on March 28 before the cancellation.

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who is also the managing director of Matchroom Sport, released a video detailing the reasons behind their decision.

The main concern was Boris Johnson's announcement today to halt support for mass public gatherings.

Hearn said: "The key news for us is from the British Boxing Board of Control of the medical concerns in terms of the safety for our fighters. Will the doctors be able to and be allowed to work on those events? Will they have access and availability to take fighters to the hospital or to get medical attention if needed? And of course, once that starts coming into play, with fighters safety absolutely paramount it becomes a complete non-starter for us.

"When we look at the events coming up in the UK that this is going to affect, right now that is three events - March 28, April 4 and April 24.

"Right now our May events stay in place. We do appreciate that this is an ever-changing landscape and we'll be monitoring the situation day by day, obviously looking at further government announcements and speaking to the British Boxing Board of Control to make sure that our events are safe and particularly all the requirements are in place to make sure that fighters safety is taken care of.

"Those May events may be subject to change and we'll keep you in the loop with everything. Obviously this is testing times for everybody and our immediate thoughts go to everybody affected by the COVID-19 virus. We ask people to follow the guidelines, stay well, stay healthy and we'll be back to you soon for some more news."

Savannah Marshall, who was scheduled to box in Newcastle on April 4, spoke exclusively to NewsChain yesterday about how the pandemic has affected her and also about how she suffered from symptoms resembling coronavirus during the Christmas period which resulted in her being hospitalised.

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