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    Default Can golden boy bring boxing back

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/s...ya-boxing.html

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    Oscar De La Hoya, the boxing champion turned promoter, spends a part of each day running up and down his half-mile long driveway in Pasadena, Calif., to stay in shape.
    In his fighting days, he would run at 9,000 feet above sea level, sometimes wearing combat boots during his favorite part of training. Now, fighters in the next generation are far more limited in how they can train as De La Hoya and other promoters try to somehow give them something to prepare for amid the limits of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    The start of May marked a shift in restrictions across the United States, with the federal government backing off its guidelines to curtail public activities and states making varied decisions about opening up, balancing the painful realities of public health concerns and a battered economy.
    Some sports have put events back on the calendar with heavy modifications. NASCAR said Thursday it would run seven races in 11 days in late May, while the track that hosts the Kentucky Derby also planned to return to horse racing with the Derby itself postponed from Saturday until Sept. 5. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, in many ways a rival to boxing in combat sports, planned for at least three cards in Florida starting May 9.
    The question of whether or when to bring back boxing underscores a special set of considerations for sports that usually struggle to gain mainstream attention but, because of their small scale, have a rare opportunity for a brighter spotlight — if they can figure out how to come back at a time when larger team sports cannot because they require dozens of athletes and support staff at minimum.
    To De La Hoya, who runs Golden Boy Promotions, a comeback for boxing looks like this: a 10-fight card on the weekend of July 4 in any state that will allow it.

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    Default Re: Can golden boy bring boxing back

    Top Rank has a show, no audience, featuring Shakur Stevenson on June 9. They will be doing 2-3 shows weekly during June and July from MGM properties, shown on ESPN.

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    Default Re: Can golden boy bring boxing back

    Quote Originally Posted by greynotsoold View Post
    Top Rank has a show, no audience, featuring Shakur Stevenson on June 9. They will be doing 2-3 shows weekly during June and July from MGM properties, shown on ESPN.
    Hope we don't get many of these types of match ups. Sounds like the guys a replacement for a replacement and Stevenson is taking it over the weight. We could see two extremes with promoters-fighters..ones that tip toe back and just want to fill a date and others that will immediately try to make up for lost time and end up talking Danny Garcia v Spence in two months. Hey we have to start somewhere so we'll def see some padding. But it will be very interesting how these promotions pick and choose their paydays with economy the way it is.

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