Next week’s best fight card, Matchroom’s October 23rd title tripleheader, might be collapsing. ESPN Deportes reports that Carlos Cuadras and Maximino Flores have tested positive for the coronavirus, jeopardizing their planned bouts with Juan Francisco Estrada and Julio Cesar Martinez.
Cuadras (39-3-1, 27 KO), whose entire team tested negative, immediately declared the result a false positive and is currently pursuing a new test, the results of which should be available later today. ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez also reports that they’re looking for a replacement for Flores (25-4-2, 17 KO), who could theoretically also demand a new test.
It’ll be a serious bummer if both fights fall through; Cuadras put on a great show in his first meeting with “Gallo” and Flores, who could force a barnburner against any flyweight in the world, likely would have produced stupid amounts of violence against the equally bloodthirsty “Rey.” We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.