March 26 ------ The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has announced it won’t be sanctioning fights until June 2020 over fears of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “Amidst the current situation worldwide caused by Covid-19 the WBO has postponed all boxing events through June 2020,” the Puerto Rico-based organization announced as posted on boxingscene.com. “We will update accordingly.”
Prior to the announcement, many title fights involving the WBO had already been pushed back indefinitely. One of those bouts is the keenly-anticipated bantamweight title unification showdown between WBO champion John Riel Casimero and WBA (Super) and IBF titleholder Naoya Inoue which was originally scheduled on April 25 in Las Vegas.
Last week, Top Rank also suspended all of its events through April, which also included Jerwin Ancajas’ ninth title defense of his IBF super flyweight crown.