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British Boxing Board of Control announces the sport's return in February from Covid-19 shutdown

Josh Kelly and David Avanesyan's battle for the European welterweight title was the highest-profile postponed fight in January; but the British Boxing Board of Control has confirmed boxing can be staged again from February

December 20, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Josh Kelly and Winston Campos during their December 20, 2019 Matchroom Boxing USA bout at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA
Image: Josh Kelly could return next month

Boxing in the UK can resume next month, the British Boxing Board of Control has confirmed.

A statement on Monday read: "The British Boxing Board of Control will be resuming boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction in the middle of February.

"Dates and venues to be confirmed in due course."

The organisation which oversees professional boxing in the UK announced a shutdown of all events throughout January because of a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The most high-profile fight postponed was Josh Kelly's European title fight against David Avanesyan.

Initially planned for January 30, the major step up for unbeaten Olympian Kelly now awaits a rescheduled date.

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