The pandemic of Covid-19 it has done quite a bit of damage to fighters who already had fights scheduled, but who contracted the virus, and had to reschedule their fights.
Or in the worst case, some of the boxers who have beaten the disease and stepped into the ring, have not had the results they hoped for. Everything seems to indicate that some consequences of the coronavirus have had to do with its performance.
Here we analyze the cases of some fighters who had Covid-19 and that they then fought in headline matches to assess how they fared.
Alexander Povetkin tested positive for coronavirus in November 2020 so his rematch with Dillian whyte was postponed to March 27 in Gibraltar.
The main promoter of Povetkin, Andrei Ryabinsky, reported at the time, that the fighter was admitted to a Moscow hospital. She had a fever and other symptoms, but without critical complications.
In the first fight, Povetkin had knocked out Whyte brutally. But in the rematch, already after Povetkin will recover from Covid-19, the battle was fought and Whyte he finished the Russian in four rounds. Thus, he took the interim title CMB of the heavy.
The Russian felt slow, and without so much strength in his legs, since from the first round he was touched by his rival. Therefore, it is likely that the aftermath of the Covid-19 that usually afflict the fighters have had to do.
The same president of the CMB, Mauricio Sulaiman, thinks that the aftermath of having suffered the virus did affect the Russian.
“He is a true warrior, he has a big heart,” he said. Sulaiman to Igor Lazorin. “But I think I was not ready for a rematch with Whyte, perhaps for medical reasons after having dealt with an illness ”.
In November 2020, the super flyweight champion of the AMB, Hiroto kyoguchi tested positive for Covid-19, for which his combat was annulled before Thanongsak simsri. His coach also contracted the virus, although at the time, the Japan Times reported that neither of them had symptoms and they were only quarantined.
Almost four months later, already recovered, Kyoguchi faced the mexican Axel vega, on March 13 at the “American Airlines Center” from Dallas, Texas. Ghe scored by technical knockout and retained his title.
The Japanese did not present sequels due to the coronavirus and ended in the fifth round because his rival injured his right hand.
In December 2020 the fight between Luke campbell in view of Ryan Garcia. But almost a month before the fight, Campbell contracted coronavirus.
“It was a strange experience,” he said. Campbell about the disease daily Hull Daily Mail. “I appreciate that I was lucky, and essentially only had the equivalent of a cold and moderate symptoms. But with a newborn baby, a wife recovering from childbirth, and gym buddies preparing for fights, she couldn’t take any chances. I had to in isolation, as the guidelines say ”.
The fight had to be postponed to January 2, 2021. Although Campbell, sent to the canvas Ryan Garcia in the second round, it had to come from behind. Ryan ended up knocking out Campbell with a hook to the liver. Despite the defeat, on the ring and with the naked eye, Campbell It was one of the fighters who did not seem to show significant consequences of the Covid-19.
Miguel Berchelt canceled the fight scheduled for December 2020 before Oscar Valdez, since he got sick of Covid-19 And he was bedridden for a couple of weeks. On February 20, the combare took place where Valdez became the new super featherweight champion of the World Boxing Council after beating by effective knockout at ‘Scorpion’.
Berchelt He looked very different from the start of the fight, showing himself slow and as if he was ‘hooked’. Antonio DeMarco, former lightweight world champion, who is a survivor of the Covid 19, explained how its aftermath can affect fighters, and believes that could be a factor in the recent defeat of Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt.
“The way Berchelt he dragged his legs, the way he threw his blows were symptoms of sequelae “, he explained From Marco in interview for LEFT PUNCH.
Jamel Herring, super featherweight champion OMB, had tested positive for Covid-19 on June 22 after noticing some symptoms, then it tested negative on July 3. However, in mid-July it tested positive again. Herring he had a fever, and a difficult couple of days, by his own admission, but nothing more.
It was until September of that same year when he returned to the ring to fight against Jonathan Oquendo for super featherweight title of the OMB. Jamel retained the championship as his opponent was disqualified due to an intentional header in the fifth round that resulted in a cut near the right eye of Herring.
Stephen Fulton and Angelo Leo
The then super bantamweight champion of the OMB, Angelo Leo, tested positive for COVID-19 just a few weeks before you’re ready to defend your belt. The fight would be against Stephen Fulton, who also tested positive for coronavirus three days before the fight, and the fight with Fulton had to be rescheduled.
It was a peculiar case of two fighters facing each other after overcoming the Covid-19. But it was Fulton who suffered the strongest disease, with significant symptoms such as high fever.
Finally, both fighters were able to meet on January 24, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Finally, it was Fulton who defeated the champion by unanimous decision Angelo Leo to win the super bantamweight world championship OMB.
Fighters who have had to postpone headline fights due to Covid-19
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The three-time world champion Jorge ‘Golden Child’ Linares tested positive for Covid-19 and his expected lawsuit before the former Dominican champion Javier ‘Abejón’ Fortuna was discarded by the diamond belt of the World Boxing Council scheduled for August 28 in California.
The next rival of the regular lightweight world champion of the CMB, Devin Haneyit would be the Venezuelan Jorge Linares placeholder image, with whom the possibility of a fight is negotiated, as reported Mike Coppinger.
“Sources: Devin Haney and Jorge Linares placeholder image are in talks for a potential lightweight fight on April 17 for DAZN. It would be a tremendous fight in the ring, and an important stepping stone for one of boxing’s rising stars. ” tweeted Coppinger.
Russian Maxim vlasov and the american Joe smith jr they could not face each other for the light heavyweight championship of the World Boxing Organization that was vacant. This because of Vlasov tested positive for Covid-19 just four days before the fight that would take place on February 15, 2021.
“I am devastated with the postponement of my world title fight against Joe Smith Jr. I have been following strict protocols, have run regular tests with negative results, and have no symptoms. I am well prepared and had an excellent training camp. I look forward to the rescheduling of the fight and the opportunity to show my world-class skills, ”he said. Vlasov through a statement.
The fight was postponed to April 10, 2021.
Nonito Donaire who was going to crash in front of Emanuel Rodriguez for the interim title bantamweight CMB that was vacant could not arrive. This, because it tested positive for coronavirus 10 days before the fight that was scheduled for December 19, 2020.
The last time he saw action was on November 7, 2019 when he had one of the best fights of his career and in recent times against Naoya inoue, falling defeated by unanimous decision.