Boxing will take time to return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic as fans could be “paranoid” about attending events, says Joshua Buatsi.
The sport is suspended in the UK until the end of May with Buatsi missing out on a fight of his own on 28 March.
His promoter Eddie Hearn is “confident” events will take place in July and “hopeful” they may do so in June.
“You can’t say ‘the virus is gone, there’s a show at the O2 and everyone turn up’. People will still be paranoid and taking precautions like they should be, so I think it will take a lot longer than we think for everything to get back to normal and for people to feel confident in large numbers.”
Buatsi has scrapped pad workouts with a trainer in order to adhere to social distancing rules and is instead maintaining his fitness with “longer runs”, circuit training at home and by using an indoor bike borrowed from a friend.