Returning championship boxing to the ring
In the early summer of 2020, professional sport in the UK had been abandoned at a time when the Nation desperately needed distractions from the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the anxiety and concern it had created. As the epitome of a contact sport, professional boxing faced a unique challenge in returning to the ring.
Matchroom wanted to create a safe environment for fighters, trainers and Matchroom staff to operate within on fight night and in the build up to each event. The creation of a biosecure bubble through accurate COVID-19 testing was critical in supporting not just safe combat, but also all of the peripheral activity which needs to happen prior to fight night.
Fighters, trainers and Matchroom staff would each enter “the bubble” on different days during the week preceding the fight, depending on their roles and responsibilities. Each participant was tested on arrival before moving into self isolation within their hotel room - a negative PCR result delivered by Prenetics in quick time was required for release into the bubble. Fighters were also tested using Prenetics’ concierge home service a week before the fight to provide Matchroom with peace of mind relating to the health status of their athletes.
Working closely with Matchroom PCR results were expedited to ensure that time in self isolation was minimised.
Matchroom boxing was one of the first contact sports in the UK to return to action after the outbreak and have since successfully delivered multiple events without incident or interruption. Prenetics now also supports the wider Matchroom group to include darts and their Multi Sport division.