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MAYER VS. JOSEPH ELEVATED TO MAIN EVENT AFTER HERRING VS. OQUENDO SCRAPPED DUE TO COVID-19 POSITIVE TEST

By Press Release | July 13, 2020
MAYER VS. JOSEPH ELEVATED TO MAIN EVENT AFTER HERRING VS. OQUENDO SCRAPPED DUE TO COVID-19 POSITIVE TEST

Tomorrow's Top Rank on ESPN main event between WBO junior lightweight world champion Jamel Herring and Jonathan Oquendo will not proceed as scheduled after Herring tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this morning. The highly anticipated Mikaela Mayer-Helen Joseph junior lightweight bout will be Tuesday's main event (ESPN & ESPN Deportes, 9 p.m. ET).

Said Herring, “I’m extremely disappointed that I’m not going to be able to fight tomorrow night. As I’ve shared previously, I tested positive for COVID-19 on June 22 after exhibiting symptoms. I quarantined and recovered as directed by my doctor. I then retested on July 3 and my test was negative, so this result is a complete surprise. I was fully prepared to make my second title defense tomorrow night. I am hoping that my team and Top Rank can reschedule this fight soon. Thank you for all the support everyone has shown. I can’t wait to get back in the ring and perform.”

In addition, the Luis Melendez-Eddie Vazquez bout has been canceled due to Melendez testing positive for COVID-19.

The ESPN telecast will continue as follows:

Main Event: Mikaela Mayer vs. Helen Joseph, 10 Rounds, Junior Lightweight

Clay Collard vs. Lorawnt-T Nelson, 6 Rounds, Middleweight

Ruben Cervera vs. Clay Burns, 6 Rounds, Lightweight

Javier Martinez (Pro Debut) vs. Jonathan Burrs, 4 Rounds, Middleweight

AUGUST 15, 2020
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