COVID-19 HALTS BOXING IN CALIFORNIA FOR MARCH, PER CSAC
Earlier this morning, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has canceled all combat sports events through the end of March, per executive officer Andy Foster. Next week’s Toscano Boxing Promotions card will not be able to happen with fans in attendance (no word has been given by promotion for an official statement), which was scheduled to take place next Saturday, March 21st in Stockton, as well as the Golden Boy Promotions, March 28th event, headlined by Vergil Ortiz vs. Samuel Vargas, is off.
Vincent Avina, who fights on the card, Toscano Boxing Promotions card posted this on his Instagram today.
Last night, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 as well as all-star Donovan Mitchell. Despite the virus being essentially the flu, it is showing major impact upon those over the age of 80 and with comprised auto-immune systems and the lack of containment has forced large group gathers to be stopped.
California Governor Gavin Newsom advised gatherings of 250 people and up should be canceled, and it appears the CSAC took heed to this recommendation.
The USA Boxing this week postponed the Western Qualifiers in Reno, Nevada, as well as the Golden Gloves, as well as the first Olympic qualifying event, was postponed held in Buenos Aires, Argentina as that will postpone the United States and neighboring countries candidates for the Olympics.
No matter how you feel about the pandemic, it is something that will have financial impacts on all, and will also have life-threatening consequences for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Since the spread has gotten out of control, now we just have to go by the advice of what experts are saying is the best way to handle this global issue.