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Mikaela Mayer tests positive for COVID-19, off Stevenson-Caraballo card

The junior lightweight was set to face Helen Joseph on Tuesday.

Edina Kiss v Mikaela Mayer Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Earlier today, we mentioned that junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer had arrived in Las Vegas and was complying with all of the rules and regulations for her fight on Tuesday, which was set to air as the Stevenson-Caraballo co-feature on ESPN.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old Mayer (12-0, 5 KO) has tested positive for COVID-19, and her scheduled fight with Helen Joseph is off.

The card is still set to go on at 7 pm ET on Tuesday night.

“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 on Instagram. “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.”

Mayer expressed disappointment, of course, as this is another delay in her return to the ring, having had the same three months out that everyone else has had. But, she wrote, she understands the seriousness of the issue.

“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.

“I will just have to take a quick break but I will be in the ring soon. I appreciate all the love and support. Please tune in to ESPN on Tuesday night and support the card and all of the fighters. Boxing is back and I’ll be back.”

Bad Left Hook will still have live coverage on Tuesday, and we wish Mikaela all the best for a quick return to action.

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