Japanese boxer Naoya Inoue's fight in Las Vegas could be postponed
Considered 'the best weight-for-weight boxer' in Asia, Naoya Inoue was initially scheduled to fight John Riel Casimero on April 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16 KO's) is a professional Japanese boxer. He is world champion in three weight categories and is currently a unified world champion in bantamweight, having held the IBF, WBA and WBC titles.
Filipino John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KO's) holds the WBO cock weight belt.
The former trained in his native Japan, while the latter is currently in Miami.
The fight was scheduled for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
However, MGM Resorts - which owns the site - recently announced in a statement that it will close its Las Vegas properties effective Tuesday, March 17, for the good of its employees, guests and the community.
The measure is justified due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), the virus responsible for the Covid-19 disease, which intensified in the United States last week.
Jim Murren, President and CEO of MGM Resorts, promised to reopen at the first opportunity.
- "We will plan to reopen our resorts as soon as it is safe and will continue to support our employees, guests and the community in all possible ways during this closing period," he said.
The duel between Inoue and Casimero promised to be "the biggest fight in recent history between two Asian boxers", according to the Association of Boxing Writers of America.
Although the fight has not yet been officially removed from the calendar, it will almost certainly be postponed.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), responsible for regulating fighting events in that US state, held an extraordinary meeting last Saturday and the commissioners decided to revoke all licenses granted for events scheduled between 14 and March 25, effectively canceling all of those shows.
The next meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission is scheduled for March 25, and Executive Director Bob Bennett will be the rapporteur responsible for indicating the best strategy to follow from that date.
With so many people in isolation in the country, the potential audience for combat sports broadcast “live” on 'online' platforms has increased considerably.
But restrictions on public meetings and international travel are making it difficult to organize cards in some countries.
Even the all-powerful UFC-Ultimate Fighting Championship is already under threat.
The prospect is that the fighting events open to the general public, in the USA and Canada, will gradually return in late June or early July.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 16 / 03 / 2020
Photo: Naoya Inoue and John Riel Casimero will be the protagonists of “the biggest fight between two Asian boxers in recent history”. (Courtesy | Credits: Top Rank | Disclosure).
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