World Boxing Organization: Junior lightweight title bout off as Jamel tests positive for COVID-19

Jamel Herring.
Jamel Herring.

The WBO junior lightweight title bout between champion Jamel Herring and Jonathan Oquendo has been called off after Herring tested positive for the coronavirus.

Herring (21-2) and Oquendo (31-6) were to meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday, after the fight was originally scheduled for July 2.

The bout was initially postponed after Herring contracted COVID-19. Promoter Top Rank announced Monday that the American tested positive a second time.

Top Rank did not announce whether the fight would be rescheduled.

“I feel great, I had the best (weight) cut ever. I was actually on weight days ago,” Herring told ESPN.

“I’m actually more bummed out about this for my team because we put in so much work.

“We even had the extra weeks for the fight after the original date. The main thing is I took time away from my family. But I’m more upset about the people around me. But I feel great.”

Herring, who wants the bout to be rescheduled for August, later tweeted: “These tests are 30 per cent faulty . . . Here’s clearly my timeline of when I contracted the virus, till the time I came back negative.”

Herring retained his belt against Lamont Roach Jr. last November. He won the title in May 2019.


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