Mikaela Mayer off Top Rank boxing return card after testing positive for coronavirus


With Top Rank ready to resume boxing operations in Las Vegas this week, one of the fighters on Tuesday’s card has been pulled after a positive test for COVID-19. Mikaela Mayer, who was set to face Helen Joseph in the card’s junior lightweight co-main event from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, announced the news of her positive test on Instagram on Sunday.

“I am heartbroken to report that I will no longer be fighting on Tuesday’s Top Rank card due to a positive result in my COVID-19 test yesterday,” Mayer wrote. “It came as a complete surprise. I am currently asymptomatic and am quarantining at an off-site location per recommended guidelines. The rest of my team tested negative and they are all in good health. 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, Helen Joseph, who worked just as hard to be here this week and put on a show for everyone. 

“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. 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. So I am complying with the rules set forth by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Top Rank to keep everyone safe.”

Mayer (12-0, 5 KOs) last fought in October and was set to step back in the ring this past March before the coronavirus pandemic led to a cancellation. Now, the 2016 Olympian has been sidelined yet again.

Just last week, Mayer spoke to her concerns over returning to action during the pandemic, mainly citing the safety of her 76-year-old trainer Al Mitchell.

“My only concern was I didn’t want anyone to get sick because of me, the No. 1 person I was thinking of was someone like coach Al [Mitchell],” Mayer told ESPN. “Things have settled down, testing is now opening up, states are opening up. I didn’t know what coach Al was going to say. I called him and we discussed it, ‘Hey, they want me to fight in four, five weeks, how do you feel about that?’ It just shows how coach Al is. He’s going to live and die boxing, because he was excited. He said, ‘Please, get me out of this house, I’m ready to work, and get back to camp. Let’s do this.'”

Tuesday’s return card for Top Rank is headlined by Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs) taking on Felix Caraballo (13-1-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round non-title fight in the junior lightweight division.





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