Title bout called off after Russian boxer gets Covid-19

Saturday’s set up title bout for the uninhabited World Boxing Company light-heavyweight crown was held off Thursday after Russian fighter Maxim Vlasov checked favorable for Covid-19.

Vlasov (45-3 with 26 knockouts) was to have actually dealt with American Joe Smith Jr. (26-3 with 21 knockouts) at Las Vegas in the 34-year-old Russian’s very first world title bout.

“I am devastated with the postponement of my world title fight,” Vlasov stated. “I have been following strict protocols. I have done regular testing with negative results, and I have no symptoms.

“I am well ready and had an exceptional training school. I anticipate the rescheduling of the battle and the chance to show my world class abilities.”

The rest of the MGM Grand card will be objected to.

Smith, 31, was to have had his 2nd world title battle. He lost a unanimous choice to unbeaten Russian Dmitry Bivol in March 2019 for the World Boxing Association crown.

Another unbeaten Russian, Artur Beterbiev, owns the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council crowns in the 175-pound (79.4kg) department.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.