Claressa Shields’ planned fight with Ema Kozin postponed until February 5
The middleweight fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams, and the final middleweight title defense for Claressa Shields are on the move again.
Shields tweeted on Monday his fight against Ema Kozin will now take place on February 5, a week after it was scheduled to take place on January 29. It comes after Britain’s Boxing Commission suspended the sport for January.
On Saturday, the British Boxing Board of Control said it was suspending boxing in the country based on advice from the organization’s medical committee.
“Following advice from the British Boxing Board of Control Medical Panel, boxing tournaments under the jurisdiction of the BBBofC will be suspended for the month of January”, a statement by Robert W. Smith, secretary general of the BBBofC, said. “A further review by the medical panel and commissioners will take place ahead of the scheduled resumption of boxing in February.”
The Eubank Jr.-Williams card was the most famous card in the country. This is also the second time the map has been moved due to the main event. An injury to Williams (23-3-1, 18 KOs) pushed the fight against Eubank Jr. (31-2, 23 KOs) back from its original date of December 11, 2021 to January 29, defending the Shields for his titles. IBF, WBA and WBC vs. Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs) with.
Now, the UK debut for Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) – and his return to boxing after two back-to-back mixed martial arts fights – will have to wait another week.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger contributed to this report.