In an update to the preview that was released here on the website this morning, it has been announced by promoter Bob Arum and his promotional company Top Rank, Inc. that Light-Heavyweight contender Maxim Vlasov has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and his scheduled bout with Joe Smith Jr. on Saturday, February 13th has been postponed in accordance with COVID-19 protocols set forth by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). The bout, which was for the vacant WBO Light-Heavyweight world championship was to serve as the main event for Top Rank’s scheduled card televised here in the United States on sports cable network ESPN and its digital subscription streaming network ESPN+ taking place without spectators at the MGM Grand Conference Center.
Although the Smith-Vlasov bout will no longer take place on Saturday night, the remainder of the card as of this writing will proceed as scheduled with the new headline bout being a ten round Lightweight bout between former IBF Lightweight world champion Richard Commey and Jackson Marinez. As of this writing, there is no word on when the Smith-Vlasov bout might be rescheduled. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available.
Unless circumstances change such as further cancellations, we here at The Boxing Truth®️ intend to provide some coverage of this card as well as other action scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 13th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”
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