In 23 prior attempts, Fivestar Boxing Academy's Justin Donally had never had to postpone or cancel event. It was his hope that he wouldn't have to on the 24th try either, but ultimately decided today to postpone the Fivestar Fight Night 24 event that was set for May 2 at the Lido Theatre.
"I tried to wait as long as I could but we were'nt going to be able to pull it off," Donally said. "Boxing B.C. already isn't approving events before mid-April, and all gyms are currently closed. Even if things did turn around before then, it would be too hard for gyms to get their fighters ready in time and to get people to come out."
Donally was excited to host a fight card at the Lido for the first time. He will reschedule the event, but doesn't seeing the event taking place before late-October as he prefers not to hold events in the summer.
Boxing, like every other sport, is on an indefinite hiatus right now. The Canadian national championships are postponed, as are national training camps and the Olympics.
"Boxing is no different from anything else. All we can do is ride this out and try to get back on track when the time comes," said Donally.
Fivestar is currently closed but Donally is monitoring the situation closely and hoping to resume boxing activities as soon as possible.
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