Major Update to Top Rank’s July 2nd Card
Another star for Top Rank has tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the promotion’s July 2 show is out of a main event.
WBO Junior-Lightweight Champion Jemel Herring was rumored to face Jonathan Oquendo from inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. He recently announced on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19. He is the fourth fighter to have his fight affected by the virus in the past few weeks. ESPN reported that Top Rank is hoping July 14 is when the fight can be rebooked.
“Last week, I tested positive for COVID-19. That’s the bad news. The good news however is, I feel ok and have self-isolated until I receive a clean bill of health. My WBO Junior Lightweight world title defense against Jonathan Oquendo will be rescheduled shortly. Semper Fi.”
Last week, I tested positive for COVID-19. That’s the bad news.
The good news however is, I feel ok and have self-isolated until I receive a clean bill of health. My WBO Junior Lightweight world title defense against Jonathan Oquendo will be rescheduled shortly.
Semper Fi 👑
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) June 23, 2020
Top Rank returned to action during the beginning of June, thanks to the Nevada Athletic Commission. Mikaela Mayer became the first active boxer to test positive for the virus, forcing her out of her bout against Helen Joseph on June 9. Chris Zavala followed after Mayer, being forced out of his bout with Eddie Vazquez on June 16.
Recently, Mikkel LesPierre’s trainer recently tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in his bout with Jose Pedraza to be scrapped the day of the fight. According to Boxing Scene, the bout between Pedraza and LesPierre could be moved to that July 2 date if everything goes according to plan. If approved, extensive safety producers will be put in place for LesPierre and his team to enter “The Bubble”, which has housed Top Rank fighters and personnel.
The 34-year-old Herring (21-2) is on a four-fight win streak and won the WBO Junior-Lightweight Title off of Masayuki Ito back in May 2019. Oquendo (31-6) is on a one-fight win streak and 5-1 in his last six fights.