MICHAEL O’BRIEN, President of the Cork County Boxing Board, has warned that if the boxing clubs lose their bases, it could have a devastating impact on the sport on Leeside.
O’Brien pointed out that boxing clubs are closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak and therefore have lost the capacity to raise funds.
He also called for the Capital Sports Grant to be redefined and assured Cork’s clubs that the board will always be in their corner.
O’Brien said: “All boxing clubs in Cork and Ireland are closed down at the moment, and all boxing tournaments and boxing-related activities have been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“In my capacity as president of the Cork County Boxing Board, I have today written to the Minister for Sport, Cork County and Cork City Councils, and Lord Mayor of Cork Dr John Sheehan.
“I have outlined that, at this time and as a result of the continuation of the virus, clubs are closed, and have lost their capacity to raise funds to pay rent.
“This could devastate the sport in Cork if clubs lose their base, due to non-payment of rent.
“Last night I spoke with IABA national president Dominic O’Rourke regarding affiliation fees for May, and suggested that these be waived for all clubs for the new season, and he fully agreed with me.
“I am now encouraging all clubs to engage with their landlords, outlining their situation immediately.
“In the meantime, the Cork County Boxing Board will be in their corner, and we have the capacity and are fully committed to assisting Cork boxing clubs,” he added.