Chris Zavala Tests Positive For COVID-19, Pulled From June 16 Top Rank On ESPN Card

Another fighter has been pulled from a Top Rank on ESPN card.

Chris Zavala was originally supposed to face Edward Vazquez on the June 16 Top Rank on ESPN card from Las Vegas, but Zavala has been pulled from the fight due to testing positive for COVID-19. Zavala's trainer, Manny Robles Jr., told ESPN that Zavala was infected by a sparring partner.

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"All three of the kids that were sparring one another, we have quarantined them. Chris was the last one to test positive. Whoever tested positive, just like Chris, they can't come to the gym. They have to be quarantined for two weeks and get tested again before they can come back," Robles said.

This isn't the first time a boxer was pulled for COVID-19 related issues. Undefeated contender Mikaela Mayer tested positive for COVID-19 days before she was set to fight in the co-main event of the June 9 card against Helen Joseph. The fight was canceled, but the rest of the card moved forward.

The June 16 card will move forward as planned with bantamweight contender Joshua Greer Jr. facing Mike Plania in the main event. The co-main event of that fight is Antonio DeMarco vs. Giovani Santillan.

Zavala is undefeated as a pro, winning all six of his bouts with four of those wins coming inside the distance. Zavala last fought in September 2019, stopping Juan Jimenez in the first round of their bout. Vazquez has not fought since he knocked out Alejandro Moreno in the third round to improve his record to 7-0 last November.


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