Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu may yet fight behind closed doors in a boxing event that promoter Dean Lonergan believes would give the sports-starved nation an opportunity for a momentary escape from the devastating impact of the coronavirus.
It is understood Horn’s promoter, Lonergan, has broached the possibility of having the fight in a smaller venue with no fans, the deal likely to be contingent on the pair fighting a rematch when the coronavirus threat has been removed.
Lonergan was tight-lipped about the concept on Friday night, saying only that nothing would be done without the support of the Queensland government, which has been a loyal supporter of Horn throughout his career.
“In today’s environment lots of discussions take place,” Lonergan said. “No variation to the existing agreement with our partners would be looked at without their buy-in, but given the lack of live sport in the world right now, there would be a significant appetite to see a live sports event actually happen in Australia.
“There would also be significant global interest. If Horn and Tyszu went behind closed doors, a selection of isolated sports journalists, a TV crew and a handful of fighters and trainers, perhaps an event could be put together that fits current government criteria.
“But with this fast-moving crisis, and ever-changing rules, I think it’s difficult to plan something one week out, let alone six-eight weeks into the future.