Boxing’s most devastating adversary has struck again with the news that Covid-19 has ruled out Roman Gonzalez from his eagerly awaited trilogy fight with Juan Francisco Estrada on October 16.
The clash is now likely to take place in November, according to ESPN Deportes.
Nicaraguan Gonzalez originally defeated Estrada in November 2012 and seemed to have repeated the trick in their rematch in March, only for the judges to award the Mexican a hotly contested split decision.
A third meeting was inevitable, but Gonzalez-Estrada III is the latest fight to fall foul of a positive Covid-19 test following the likes of Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III, Brandon Figueroa-Stephen Fulton, Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos and Conor Benn-Adrian Granados.
According to ESPN.com’s Mike Coppinger, four-weight champion Mikey Garcia will now face Spain’s reigning European 140lbs champion Sandor Martin in a replacement main event on DAZN, possibly in Texas.
Garcia-Martin will take place at a catchweight of 145lbs.
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