Another Fighter Withdraws From A Top Rank Card Due To Positive COVID-19 Test

There were bound to be some growing pains coming into Top Rank’s return to action following a few months of solitude. For the second time in as many days, a fighter has had to be taken off a card due to a positive COVID-19 case.

ESPN was the first to confirm that featherweight Chris Zavala will no longer be competing on the July 16 card from Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Manny Robles Jr., Zavala’s (6-0) trainer, the 20-year-old tested positive as a result of a sparring partner. Robles’ Knockouts Boxing gym will be closed temporarily to be cleaned and all fighters involved will be tested for the virus.

“All three of the kids that were sparring one another, we have quarantined them. Chris was the last one to test positive,” Robles said.

Zavala made his pro debut in 2018 and fought three times in 2019. In his last bout in September, Zavala beat Juan Jimenez via knockout, the third of his career. He was supposed to face Edward Vazquez (7-0), who has one knockout to his name. Velasquez ended up posting on social media when he found out his fight was off.

“Fight called off. Opponent tested positive for Corona. I wish him a speedy recovery! F**k it, life keeps moving. On to the next one. Stay ready.”

Due to the guidelines Top Rank has placed via the Nevada Athletic Commission, Zavala will not be tested again nor will Vazquez get a new opponent.

Zavala is not the first fighter to test positive for the virus. Mikaela Mayer became the first active boxer to test positive for the virus, forcing her out of her bout against Helen Joseph. She has since questioned her positive test and is looking to do her own investigation.

The rest of the June 16 show will go on as planned, for now. Joshua Greer Jr. vs. Mike Plania will main event the card while Antonio DeMarco v. Giovani Santillan will be the co-main event.

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