British boxing WILL return in February after January ban due to Covid surge giving Khan against Brook green light

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British boxing WILL return in February after January ban due to Covid surge giving Khan against Brook green light

British boxing will return in February, following a ban in January due to a surge in coronavirus cases.

The British Board of Boxing Control canceled all events this month to allow medics to prioritize work with the NHS during the pandemic.

Aamir Khan and Kel Brook ahead of February Grudge match

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Aamir Khan and Kel Brook ahead of February Grudge matchcredits: PA

But now, BBOBC general secretary Robert Smith confirmed, as it stands, boxing could resume in February.

He told talkSPORT: “Come February, they’ll be able to do the show and we’ll take it from there.

“I believe this is the right thing to do. I have been advised by doctors, I have to seek advice.

“If you have doctors, you have to listen to them.

“Those are tough decisions to make, but that’s why we control a game.”

This paves the way for Aamir Khan’s grudge match with 35-year-old Klay Brook, who will be on the track in Manchester on February 19.

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But 32-year-old Chris Eubanks Jr., who was set to take on 29-year-old Liam Williams on January 29, will have to see his return rescheduled.

The new date has now been fixed on February 5, just a week later.

Describing the decision to postpone the fights in January, Smith said: “Other sports are lucky.

“We have found that Jurgen Klopp is unable to attend a football match due to COVID, you have got players unable to attend matches due to COVID, but they can be replaced.

“In boxing, they can’t. Ultimately if something happens regarding the virus or any contact with anyone, the show ends.

“The decision the board has made – which I fully support – is, ‘Let’s keep the circuit breakers for a month.’

“After all it’s only two weeks because there’s usually no boxing in the first two weeks of January.”

Chris Eubanks Jr. and Chris Williams

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Chris Eubanks Jr. and Chris Williamscredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

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