The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is scheduled to host the heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev in June.
Joshua will defend his titles against the Bulgarian in North London Saturday 20 June. It will be his first fight on UK soil since defeating Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September, 2018.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has put the sporting spectacle into doubt with The Sun claiming that a decision will be made next week whether the fight will go ahead as planned.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Matchroom Boxing will donate 200 tickets per show to reward NHS staff who are on the front line battling the COVID-19 outbreak.
The gesture will begin for a twelve-month period once events are safe to resume and will include every Saturday Fight Night and pay-per-view shows held in the UK.
Some events at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have already become a casualty of the pandemic including Capital’s Summertime Ball and the rugby match between Saracens and Harlequins which was due to take place yesterday (Football.London).
Hearn told Sky Sports: “We’ve been thinking about how we can say thank you to the incredible NHS workers that have selflessly helped everybody through this COVID-19 crisis.
“They’ve been absolutely amazing and from our side at Matchroom Boxing we are announcing a new scheme for when we get back to our live shows where we will be giving away 200 tickets to NHS workers for every Saturday Fight Night and pay-per-view show around the country from hopefully this summer forward.
“We can’t thank you enough for all of your support. NHS workers, you have been absolutely incredible, and you are the pride of our country. Stay well everyone, stay safe, stay at home and we’ll get through this soon.”
The 12-month period during which the tickets are given away will begin from “when it is safe for boxing to resume.”
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