Pedraza vs. LesPierre Bout Canceled
Following Positive COVID-19 Result
Gabriel Flores Jr.—Josec Ruiz elevated to main event
(ESPN & ESPN Deportes, 8 p.m. ET)
Tonight’s Top Rank on ESPN main event between Jose Pedraza
and Mikkel LesPierre has been canceled after LesPierre’s
manager, Jose Taveras, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier
this morning. The Gabriel Flores Jr.-Josec Ruiz lightweight
bout has been elevated to the main event (ESPN & ESPN
Deportes, 8 p.m. ET).
Said LesPierre: “My manager, Jose Taveras, tested positive
for COVID-19. Due to the rules and regulations set forth by
the Nevada State Athletic Commission, I will be unable to
fight tonight as scheduled against Jose Pedraza. I
understand the severity of COVID-19 because I have been
working on the front lines of helping treat this virus at
Mount Sinai Beth Israel—Petrie Division in Manhattan.
“I am devastated. This was my opportunity to showcase my
talent to the world, but everything happens for a reason.
This is just another roadblock in my story.
“I apologize to Jose and his team for any inconvenience this
caused. He is a great boxer, and I hope we can reschedule
the fight as soon as possible.”
Said Taveras: “I apologize for the inconvenience this
caused. I am not exhibiting any symptoms. I am looking
forward to hopefully rescheduling this fight as soon as
possible. I am devastated for Mikkel.”