Coronavirus: Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga fight to take place behind closed doors

Micky Conlan’s bout with Belmar Preciado has also been affected

Alex Pattle
Thursday 12 March 2020 16:49 GMT
Two cards have been affected
Two cards have been affected (Getty)

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Boxing promoter Bob Arum has announced that Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga will now take place behind closed doors at the MSG Theater in New York.

Michael Conlan vs Belmar Preciado will also be contested without fans inside MSG Theater, Arum told The Athletic.

Fans will not be allowed to attend due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

Stevenson vs Marriaga is due to take place on Saturday, while Conlan vs Preciado is scheduled for next Tuesday, 17 March.

The latter card was booked for St Patrick’s Day – an Irish celebration – due to Conlan’s Irish background.

Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs) won his last fight against Joet Gonzalez via unanimous decision, while opponent Marriaga (29-3, 25 KOs) stopped Alfredo Mejia Vargas last time out.

Meanwhile, Conlan (13-0, 7 KOs) beat Vladimir Nikitin to avenge a controversial loss at the Olympics, and Preciado (20-2, 13 KOs) defeated Jose de Jesus Lopez via knockout.

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