Dickens tests positive for COVID-19, Walsh fight postponed

Jazza Dickens vs Ryan Walsh

Jazza Dickens will have to wait for his date with Golden Contract destiny after failing a COVID-19 test.

The IBF European featherweight champion had been set to meet former British titlist, Ryan Walsh, in the final of the MTK Global-promoted tournament on Wednesday.

Dickens, from Liverpool, beat Leigh Wood in the semi-final and was due to face off against Cromer’s Walsh at the Production Park Studios in Wakefield.

But the fight, which was due to be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and Stateside on ESPN + in association with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. will now have to be rescheduled.

All health and safety protocols regarding social distancing were followed in relation to the guidelines put in place by the British Boxing Board of Control, according to a statement released by MTK Global on Tuesday morning, with no other fighters on the bill testing positive.

Derry Mathews, Dickens’ coach, is also understood to have tested positive for the virus.
Dickens and his team have immediately left the fight bubble, with the show proceeding with the remaining five fights on the card, while Walsh –– who outpointed Tyrone McCullagh in his semi-final back in February –– will now have to wait for news of a new date for the fight.

The other final of the tournament, in the super-lightweight division, will go ahead as planned, with Tyrone McKenna taking on former WBC Silver champion Ohara Davies in a bitter grudge match.

Liam Conroy, the light-heavyweight, will battle Serge Michel in the second semi-final in that weight class on the card, for the right to face Ricards Bolotniks in the final after Bolotniks won on all three scorecards in Latvia last weekend against Hosea Burton.

Steven Ward will return to the ring up at cruiserweight, while there is action for undefeated William Hamilton and talented amateur Ben Fail turns professional and will make his debut.

Details regarding the rescheduled final in the featherweight division will be revealed in due course.

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