Frank Warren will be shut out of his own promotion on Friday night as he leads mainstream boxing out of lockdown.
Warren has sacrificed his seat in BT Sport’s television studios in East London to help keep the attendance behind closed doors within the permitted limit of 65 people at any one time.
Despite taking a coronavirus test this week, Warren says: ‘I gave up my place even though I put in the work to meet this challenge of getting boxing back in front of the viewing audience.
Promoter Frank Warren has sacrificed his seat in BT Sport’s TV studios in East London
‘I am not as important on the night as the boxers, the BT technicians, the referees, the trainers, the testers for drugs as well as covid-19, the doctors and so on. Not even family and friends of the fighters can be there.
‘My consolation is that I will have a better view on TV than I would have had at the back of the studio.’
Warren will make to a camera at home his observations on Brad Foster’s defence of his British super-bantamweight title against the also unbeaten James Beech Jr and four other fights on the telecast.
Brad Foster (right) will top the bill when boxing finally returns to British screens on Friday
Among the numerous health and safety protocols all personnel are quarantined in a nearby hotel following repeated virus testing, referees will shower after each fight, only two trainers will be allowed in each corner, face masks are compulsory for all including the fighters until moments before the first bell.
Each boxer and his seconds will enter the actual studio just prior to his fight and return to the hotel immediately after.
Is this the most difficult test of Warren’s career?
Joe Joyce (pictured) will return to action later this summer in a behind-closed-doors fight
He says: ‘Well, among many things in my life I’ve been shot. But this is complex and expensive. It is worth it to keep boxing relevant and to give some of our younger boxers a chance to shine on television, as well as to keep some big names busy.’
The stars will include world heavyweight championship prospects Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce during this series of five studio fight nights in the coming weeks.
By way of preparation for their huge British title clash at London’s 02 scheduled for October 24, Joyce meets Germany’s Michael Wallisch on July 25 in his first fight for a year.
Dubois tops the August 29th bill against the undefeated Russian-born Erik Pfeifer, having been out of action since December.
*Foster v Beech will be televised live on Friday night on BT Sport.
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