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Jamel Herring tests negative for COVID-19 right after being pulled from yesterday’s ESPN card

Herring had to withdraw from last night’s main event, but then ultimately tested negative for the virus.

Jamel Herring v Yakubu Amidu Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Super featherweight titleholder Jamel Herring was supposed to be headlining in last night’s ESPN main event, but ended up having to be pulled from the scheduled card (for what was the second time) due to testing positive for coronavirus. That however, may have turned out to have been a false positive as Herring released a test he took just yesterday.

That’s obviously a bummer for Herring because not only was he hoping to get back in action, but he also didn’t get paid and will have to wait for a rescheduled fight being targeted for next month. Even still, Herring has been keeping a positive attitude about the whole situation, not blaming anybody for what transpired.

Mikaela Mayer, who wound up headlining last night’s show, went through the same situation last month, and at the time expressed her frustrations by the ‘cutthroat’ testing policies. In the end, though, better safe than sorry as this virus is just too serious to be taking unnecessary chances. This likely also won’t be the last time we run into a situation like this.

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