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Usually a boxing event in Managua would be of little consequence to the global sports industry, but a fight card staged in the Nicaraguan capital in late April offered a glimpse into the imminent future.
This was not simply one of the few live sporting events going ahead in the midst of a pandemic, but perhaps the only one taking place with fans in attendance. If the idea was to offer something recognisable in unfamiliar circumstances, the end result was anything but. Spectators arriving in face masks to the Alexis Arguello Sports Complex had their temperatures checked outside the venue by doctors; once they were inside the 8,000-capacity arena, attendees were required to keep a distance of at least one metre, which meant sitting two seats apart.

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