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Boxing to resume next month as BBBofC lift suspension with Josh Kelly vs David Avanesyan set to take place

BRITISH boxing lovers can get ready for their sport to return on Valentine’s weekend.

The British Boxing Board of Control cancelled all bouts scheduled for January to help the NHS combat coronavirus.

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Josh Kelly, left, has moved a step closer to returning to action[/caption]
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Kelly and Avanesyan nearly got it on in 2018[/caption]

Josh Kelly’s bid for the European welterweight title on January 30 was the only major casualty.

And the BBBofC have now confirmed that mid-Feb, with Saturday the 13th looking the most attractive date, is the target for the action to restart.

Board secretary Robert Smith said: “The British Boxing Board of Control will be resuming Boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction in the middle of February, dates and venues to be confirmed in due course.”

Eddie Hearn made excellent use of the family garden last summer and the Marshall Arena at Stadium MK, thanks to a hotel being attached to the ground to help their strict COVID-19 protocols.

Matchroom also visited Peterborough and Wembley Arena for Sky Sports events.

And Frank Warren kept his BT Sport shows running behind-closed-doors at their Stratford studios and York Hall.

As well rearranging Kelly vs David Avanesyan for a FOURTH time, Hearn has Dillian Whyte champing at the bit to return after his shock August loss to Alexander Povetkin.

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Eddie Hearn used his back garden to help fight fans through the Covid hell[/caption]

And in-form Conor Benn wants to continue his impressive learning under Tony Sims ASAP.

Warren will resume trying to secure Welsh middleweight Liam Williams an overdue WBO world title shot and rematching Lyndon Arthur and light-heavy rival Anthony Yarde.

That is as well as pushing along the young careers of prospects like Hamzah Sheeraz and Dennis McCann.

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