The WBO light heavyweight title fight between Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov which was scheduled for February 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has been postponed. Vlasov received news that his COVID-19 test results came back positive. Therefore he is unable to compete on that date.
Vlasov said, “I am devastated with the postponement of my world title fight against Joe Smith Jr. I have been following strict protocols, I have done regular testing with negative results, and I 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 display my world class skills.”
The card on Saturday will now be headlined by Richard Commey versus Jackson Marinez. Adam Lopez will face Jason Sanchez for the NABF featherweight title in the co-feature bout, and Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson will have his bout against Kingsley Ibeh moved up to the opener of the ESPN telecast starting at 10pm ET.
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