Chris Eubank’s fight with Liam Williams is to be rescheduled again after the British Boxing Board of Control confirmed their decision to suspend the sport during January.
The middleweight fight – which was originally to have taken place on December 11 before Williams suffered a shoulder injury – had been scheduled to take place in Cardiff on January 29.
The BBBoC had warned promoters that a suspension was likely in the wake of a surge of the omicron variant of Covid-19, due to the difficulty in ensuring there was enough medical cover at ringside with the National Health Service under stress.
The BBBoC is confident that boxing will resume in February, although more discussions will take place before then.
“Following advice from the British Boxing Board of Control Medical Panel, Boxing tournaments under the jurisdiction of the BBBofC will be suspended for the month of January,” a statement from Robert Smith, general secretary of the BBBoC, said.
“A further review by the Medical Panel and Stewards will take place prior to the planned recommencement of Boxing in February.”
Eubank-Williams was the only big fight planned in the UK during January, which is a traditionally quiet month for professional boxing.
Neither Matchroom nor Queensberry Promotions have confirmed any dates of shows yet for 2022. Queensberry had planned a prospects show for late In January but cancelled it when a suspension was first hinted at.
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.