Junior light-weight contender Mikaela Mayer has examined positive for COVID-19 and will not combat within the co-main occasion of Las Vegas’ first main boxing card for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayer introduced her positive take a look at on social media Sunday, two days earlier than her scheduled bout in opposition to Helen Joseph within the Top Rank present on the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Tuesday night time.
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 positive for the virus on Saturday, she says.
“The rest of my team tested negative and they are all in good health,” Mayer mentioned. “I was really looking forward to bringing back boxing for all of you and I’m disappointed for myself, my team, 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 no fault of her personal. She was scheduled to combat 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 can think about how dissapointed I’m’
“After two hard back-to-back camps, not being able to step in to the ring both times, you can imagine how disappointed I am,” Mayer mentioned. “However, these protocols were put into place for a reason and it’s more important to care about the health and well being of my team and the people at this event.”
The Nevada Athletic Commission 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 reveals on the fitness center on its company campus, and Top Rank has performed the identical in its plan to carry two boxing reveals within the upcoming week.
Tuesday’s present will probably be headlined by unbeaten WBO featherweight champion and U.S. Olympian Shakur Stevenson in opposition to Puerto Rico’s Felix Caraballo.