Major Update Regarding Top Rank’s Jamel Herring Vs. Jonathan Oquendo Fight
Top Rank was adamant about rescheduling some of its big fights for July 14. Another change has been made to the card, however.
Jamel Herring has once again tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the WBO Junior-Lightweight Champion out of his bout against Jonathan Oquendo. The bout would have taken place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Herring was meant to compete on July 2 before testing positive for the virus. Stating he is only 90%, Herring wanted people to know about the severity of the virus.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m not going to be able to fight tomorrow night,” Herring stated. “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.”
“Semper Fi” made his professional debut in 2012. He is currently on a five-fight win streak, winning the WBO Junior-Welterweight Title against Masayuki Ito in May 2019. He defended it in November, beating Lamont Roach Jr. via unanimous decision.
Taking over as the main event of the card will be Mikaela Mayer v. Helen Joseph. Mayer (12-0) became one of the first active competitors to test positive for the virus. She had to back out of her fight on June 9 as a result of testing positive. The 29-year-old was supposed to fight Melissa Hernandez inside the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in March. The fight and card she was on became one of the first New York events to be postponed by the coronavirus. She last fought in October, beating Alejandra Soledad Zamora via corner retirement.
Joseph lost her last bout to Delfine Persoon back in November via unanimous decision. Before that fight, she was 5-0-1 in her last six. The 31-year-old is a former Intercontinental Bantamweight Champion.
Additionally, Luis Melendez v. Eddie Vazquez has been postponed due to the former testing positive for the virus.
Here is the new main card for the event, set to start at 8 p.m. on ESPN:
Mikaela Mayer v. Helen Joseph
Clay Collard v. Lorawnt-T Nelson
Ruben Cervera vs. Clay Burns
Javier Martinez v. Jonathan Burrs