Boxing could take years to recover from virus chaos: Frampton

LONDON: former world champion Carl Frampton fears boxing it could take months or possibly years to recover from the damage caused by coronavirus pandemic.

Frampton believes once boxing returns, sports fans will be cautious about spending money due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

The Northern Ireland fighter also hopes that people will be slow to return to the stadiums in case there is still a risk of contracting the virus.

Frampton, a former super bantamweight and featherweight world champion, is also concerned that other boxers at the lower levels will be forced to leave if the prize money falls.

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It could take a long time to recover. I'm talking about months and possibly years to get it back to what it once was, Frampton told BBC Radio Five Live on Saturday.

In my position, most of the money and purse I received comes from television, but there are boys fighting on non-televised shows who need homeless people in the seats and need to sell tickets for a living.

If people are worried about big gatherings and these guys won't be able to sell their tickets, or if people can't afford to buy them because they've lost their job or for other reasons.

I think it will change a lot once we get out the other side of this.

Frampton, 33, echoed a suggestion from Tyson Fury Promoter Bob Arum on the likely need to reduce the cost of tickets to encourage fans of the fight to return.

I'm glad a promoter said that. UK ticket prices are astronomical compared to the United States. Definitely something to think about, Frampton said.

If you suddenly get into a fight once this is all over, how are people going to pay if the price is not reasonable?

Frampton was preparing for a planned world title match against the WBO super featherweight champion Jamel herring slated for mid-June, but there is no new date for the crash.