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Mikaela Mayer frustrated by ‘cutthroat’ COVID-19 policy

Mayer was pulled from last night’s Top Rank card after testing positive for the virus.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Mikaela Mayer was supposed get back to action on last night’s Top Rank card before she wound up testing positive for COVID-19, despite appearing to be asymptomatic. And not only was Mayer removed from the card, but also one of her trainers (who also trains Shakur Stevenson), whom she had been in close contact with. That trainer, Kay Koroma, hadn’t tested positive for the virus, but was removed anyway due to contact tracing precautions.

When asked about how she was feeling over the whole situation, Mayer expressed her frustration with what she describes as a ‘cutthroat’ policy regarding COVID-19, upset that she wasn’t allowed to re-test before having the plug pulled on her.

“This is still new, we don’t know a lot about it and I just think having such a cutthroat policy, like one positive test and you’re done, is a little harsh. Considering we don’t have all the information and there has obviously been a handful of false positives in the past. ... I do believe it was a false positive, and I guess there is a chance that it wasn’t, but if I have the antibodies I really believe it was,” Mayer said. “So I really wanted to take another test on my own so I can get this cleared up and I get back into training because I want to fight.”

Mayer would continue by explaining how she’s peaked her body twice with back-to-back training camps only for neither fight to take place. She now hopes that with a negative test that she’ll quickly be able to jump back into the fray.

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