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Shakur Stevenson to fight without lead trainer over COVID-19 precautions

Kay Koroma has been in close contact with Mikaela Mayer, who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Olympic boxer Shakur Stevenson trainer Kay Koroma Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Boxing returns to action tonight on ESPN, with Shakur Stevenson set to headline against Felix Caraballo in the main event. Stevenson will, however, be without his lead trainer Kay Koroma, who won’t be allowed in the building per COVID-19 precautions.

Although Koroma has tested negative for the virus, he serves as a trainer and has recently been in close contact with Mikaela Mayer, who was also supposed to be on this card until she tested positive for coronavirus.

“Typically, when a person in any camp tests positive, the contact tracing takes place, and if it’s revealed that the person tested positive from contract tracing, was in contact with that person, than obviously they could be asymptomatic and they would be removed from the event, as well,” said Bob Bennett, the Nevada Athletic Commission’s executive director.

Stevenson expressed his disappointment in his coach not being able to be in his corner for tonight’s action, but says he respects the protocols put in place for everyone’s safety. Luckily for Stevenson, his fight tonight isn’t expected to be all that competitive, so he should be able to manage well enough without Koroma.

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