London boxing event promoting coexistence in Israel postponed due to fears
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London boxing event promoting coexistence in Israel postponed due to fears

The 'Gloves and Doves' initiative sought to bring five Jewish and Arab Israelis to fight against British athletes on 2 April

Evgheni Boico, coach of Gloves & Doves Israel, Tony Milch, Hiitham Shehede (nephew to head coach of Kfar Yasif village) and US boxer Boyd Melson
Evgheni Boico, coach of Gloves & Doves Israel, Tony Milch, Hiitham Shehede (nephew to head coach of Kfar Yasif village) and US boxer Boyd Melson

A historic night of boxing in London to promote coexistence in Israel has been postponed due to virus fears.

Gloves and Doves’ inaugural event sought to bring five Jewish and Arab Israelis to the UK for bouts against British fighters on 2 April.

Following sweeping measures announced by both the British and Israeli governments, restricting travel and movement amid the spread of the infection, the occasion has been called off.

Tony Milch, 38, a Jewish former super-welterweight fighter from Edgware, who was the architect of the initiative, said: “We’re keeping positive in these concerning times and look forward to announcing another show date soon.”

“As soon as the situation changes and we get the all-clear, we’ll be looking to get a new date in the diary.”

US fighter Boyd Melson, Druze boxer Adham Kayouf (one of the five Israelis who was due to fly to London for 2 April event) and Tony Milch, pictured in Ifiay, northern Israel
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