Boxer Mikaela Mayer took to social media and announced Sunday that she has coronavirus, and thus won’t be able to fight on Tuesday, against Helen Joseph in Las Vegas.
Mayer, who holds a 12-0 mark, is part of the Top Rank card at the MGM Grand in Vegas, to screen on ESPN.
The organization led by Bob Arum has one card Tuesday, and then another Thursday, also at MGM. The two cards in short order are being done to make testing and execution of a “safety first” environment before and during the events more seamless.
The 2016 Olympian told the masses she has no symptoms of the virus. Click here to read her statement for yourself.
But the California native is quarantining after learning her status. Fighters taking part on that Tuesday card, topped by a Shakur Stevenson vs. Felix Caraballo bout, have been getting tested, and staying in quarters with a coach or two.
The 29 year old Mayer said her team has tested negative, for the record. The slate is/was to feature six bouts, and we doubt a replacement will be found to battle Joseph, a 17-4-2 vet born in Nigeria.
Testing is in full force for combatants and their support staff fighting on the June 11 card as well. Jessie Magdaleno, holding a 27-1 mark, will fight 36-4-2 Yenifel Vicente in the main event Thursday. Five fights are planned for that promotion.
My Three Cents: Most fight fans know that fallouts and pullouts and such happen. In this era, with coronavirus still in play, even if it doesn’t seem that way to people in places not so much touched by the virus, people should understand that late in the game changes are even more likely.
Also, as long as proper protocol, common sense behavior has been adhered to, Mayer’s positive indeed indicates the system is working. (See above, a Tweet on the Top Rank Twitter account.)