An official of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has rang the final bell on the boxing season, with a declaration that it is unlikely conditions will be right and safe for fights to be sanctioned for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Samuel Quaye, the medical officer of the GBA, said it was highly unlikely that boxers would be given the green light to return to the ring even when the ban on social gatherings and sporting activities in Ghana was lifted because a lot of measures would need to be put in place to safeguard the health of boxers and all officials involved in fights.
He told the Daily Graphic that boxing promoters would have to ensure the implementation of health and safety protocols at venues before the GBA would sanction fights to take place even when the COVID-19 pandemic was brought under control.
“I don’t think we can fight again this year because it will be medically wrong to do that even when everything returns to normal,” Dr Quaye stated.
His declaration may just have brought an abrupt end to he national boxing league (Bukom Fist of Fury) which had scheduled its third series of fights this month, as well as other planned professional bouts by the time President Nana Akufo-Addo announced a ban on sporting activities on March 15.
For Dr Quaye, boxers would have to ran mandatory coronavirus tests before being allowed to fight without spectators in the most ideal case. However, such a measure would have dire financial consequences for promoters in particular.
“This would really have impact on promoters financially because they will have to foot the bill for all these things which, to me, can’t happen because they will struggle,” he noted.
With over three decades of association with boxing and the GBA, Dr Quaye cautioned boxers to not drop their guard during the months of inactivity but to ensure they abided by health protocols to avoid contracting the deadly virus, as well as maintaining good eating habits with regular training to maintain their weight and form.