Fighters Sprayed With Disinfectant As Boxing Card Goes Ahead In Front Of 800 Fans
Boxers were sprayed with disinfectant as part of precautionary measures prior to bouts on a card in Nicaragua.
While the sport has come to a halt for the majority of the world, the central American country persisted with an eight-fight card at the Alexis Arguello Sports Centre in Managua.
Tickets came at no cost and around 800 people were in attendance, with each one having to be disinfected and having their temperature taken before then having to sit one metre apart from anyone else whilst watching the action.
Ring girls and trainers were obliged to wear masks, as were the fighters until it was time to slug it out inside the squared circle.
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Every boxer had to be sprayed with disinfectant prior to the bell tolling for the fights, which saw four six-round bouts and was rounded off by an eight-round main event between Ramiro Blanco and Robin Zamora in the lightweight division.
The card was also televised on Canal 6 and ESPN Latin America and the man who promoted the show, two-time world champion Rosendo Alvarez, defended the decision to go ahead with the event.
Speaking before the card, he said: "Here we don't fear the coronavirus, and there is no quarantine. The three deaths came from outside and nobody within the country has been contaminated.
"Nicaragua is a poor country and the boxers have to eat. They can't stay shut up in their house."
In Nicaragua, there have only been 11 reported cases of COVID-19, three of which have lead to deaths. As well as boxing, the country are also carrying on their baseball and football season as normal.
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