2020 Tokyo: Charley-Sian Davison one win away from booking Olympics place

British boxer Charley-Sian Davison is one win away from securing her spot at the Tokyo Games.

As it stands, the 2020 Games will go ahead despite calls for a postponement amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Davison overcame Ireland’s Carly McNaul in the women’s 48-51kg via unanimous decision in her first fight in the European qualifying format. 

The 26-year-old returned to the sport last year after a seven-year break which saw Davison give birth and look after her three children. However, last year’s National Champion, has a tough test in front of her next.

Polish third seed Sandra Drabik stands in her way of qualification in the quarter-finals of the tournament. If Davison is unable to progress then she’ll have one more chance of progressing in May and June against another boxer eliminated at the same phase. 

"I had a bit of ring rust because I haven't boxed in a while and I was nervous at first but once you get the first 30 seconds out of the way it all just comes," Davison said.

Monday’s evening session, which saw Galal Yafai and Peter McGrail qualify for the Olympics, was the final day of action after the International Olympic Committee decided to cancel the upcoming week of fights.

Matchroom USA postpone Prograis-Hooker

The coronavirus pandemic has seen MLB, NBA, soccer leagues such as Serie A and the EPL postpone their fixtures until at least April 4 while Top Rank Promotions have confirmed they will promote no boxing events for the rest of March and April. 

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing have also followed Top Rank by postponing their upcoming April 17 card which saw Regis Prograis collide with Maurice Hooker in Maryland.

Their statement said the following: Matchroom Boxing USA’s event at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Friday April 17 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Former World Super-Lightweight champions Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker were due to meet in Maryland along with undisputed World Welterweight champion Cecilia Brækhus defending her titles against Jessica McCaskill, while Croatian Heavyweight Filip Hrgović was set to take on Jerry Forrest and Olympic gold medal man Daniyar Yeleussinov had his sights set on former unified World champion Julius Indongo.

Matchroom Boxing USA is exploring alternative options around staging the event, including on a rescheduled date.Fans should visit their point of sale for ticket refunds.

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