The fight of the World Boxing Council (WBC) in India for the champions in the country – Chandni Mehra and Suman Kumari – which was to take place in Jalandhar on May 1, has been postponed.
A statement from organizers on Friday said: “Given the current jump in Covid-19 cases in the country, LZ Promotions has decided to postpone the upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) fight in India to a later date.”
The fresh date of the event, which is advertised as the first professional boxing competition in the United States, sanctioned by the Indian Boxing Council (IBC), will be announced soon.
“Unfortunately, due to the growing number of Covid-19 cases across India and the guidelines issued by the Indian government, we have decided to postpone the first WBC event of its kind in India to a later date,” the statement added.
“Although we are very disappointed with all those who have worked so hard to make the promotion of the event so successful, together with the government, WBC, IBC, our priority is to keep all participants safe. On behalf of LZ Promotions and WBC , we would like to wish everyone in India well and please follow the government’s Covid-19 safety guidelines, “said Parm Goraya, CEO, LZ Promotions.
The WBC is one of the four leading organizations to sanction professional boxing matches worldwide, and this would be India’s first attempt to host a title card for two female fighters.
Chandni and Suman are India’s number one fighters in the light and featherweight categories and had to compete with each other in this match, aiming to become the first WBC champion in India in both the men’s and women’s categories.