Japan to continue ban on fights because of coronavirus until at least April 15

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The Japan Boxing Commission and the Japan Professional Boxing Association announced jointly on Thursday that they have extended their cancellation and postponement of all boxing events in the country until at least April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

On Feb. 26, they that said all cards scheduled in March would be called off due to the government’s call for the cancellation or postponement of sporting and cultural events to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Now they have extended it by an additional 15 days.

The highest-profile fight to be postponed because of the decision is a vacant flyweight world title bout between Japanese southpaw Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15 KOs) and the Philippines’ Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20 KOs), which was scheduled for April 4 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. They are due to meet for the 112-pound world title that Kosei Tanaka vacated last month in order to move up in weight. A new date for the fight has not been scheduled.

The Japan Boxing Commission and the Japan Professional Boxing Association plan to meet again on March 13 to discuss plans for boxing events beyond April 15.

Source: espn.com

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