COVID concerns cancel Sturgis boxing event

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STURGIS — Team Certified Sports was scheduled to host an historic professional boxing event at the Sturgis Bike Rally on Tuesday, Aug. 11, by being the first Black-owned boxing promoter to host such a performance at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis.  

This event was to feature eight professional bouts.  Fighters were to arrive ringside by a group of motorcycle escorts and have boxing celebrity guest in attendance, and was to be live streamed.

Due to serious concerns of possible infection of COVID-19, Team Certified Sports’ staff and all organizations involved with Team Certified, decided to cancel the event.

Organizers considered that there will be a massive crowd of possibly up to 300,000 Rally goers coming from various highly COVID-19-infected states. They also determined it would be difficult to practice social distancing  and could not expose their staff, fighters, family members, and celebrity guests to such risks.

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