Junior light-weight contender Mikaela Mayer has examined optimistic for COVID-19 and will not battle within the co-main occasion of Las Vegas’ first main boxing card because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayer introduced her optimistic take a look at on social media Sunday, two days earlier than her scheduled bout towards Helen Joseph within the Prime Rank present on the MGM Grand Backyard Area on Tuesday evening.
Mayer (12-0, 5 KOs) is a former U.S. Olympian and a rising star within the 130-pound division. Mayer is asymptomatic, however she examined optimistic for the virus on Saturday, she says.
“The remainder of my workforce examined detrimental and they’re all in good well being,” Mayer stated. “I used to be actually trying ahead to bringing again boxing for all of you and I am disillusioned for myself, my workforce, my supporters and for my opponent.”
Mayer was scheduled to face Joseph in a 10-round bout as she angles for a world title shot later this 12 months.
The bout cancellation is the second in three months for Mayer, who hasn’t fought since October by way of no fault of her personal. She was scheduled to battle Melissa Hernandez in New York on the undercard of a present that includes Michael Conlan in March earlier than the pandemic pressured its cancellation.
‘You may think about how dissapointed I’m’
“After two arduous back-to-back camps, not with the ability to step in to the ring each instances, you possibly can think about how disillusioned I’m,” Mayer stated. “Nevertheless, these protocols had been put into place for a cause and it is extra vital to care in regards to the well being and effectively being of my workforce and the folks at this occasion.”
The Nevada Athletic Fee mandated strict well being and security protocols when it allowed the return of fight sports activities late final month. UFC has adopted these testing procedures and security measures throughout its two exhibits on the gymnasium on its company campus, and Prime Rank has accomplished the identical in its plan to carry two boxing exhibits within the upcoming week.
Tuesday’s present might be headlined by unbeaten WBO featherweight champion and U.S. Olympian Shakur Stevenson towards Puerto Rico’s Felix Caraballo.