The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that it still has the power to control the sports schedule. A single contamination can postpone or even cancel an entire event. Once again, the boxing community was able to see how one of the most anticipated mega fights could not take place because of the virus.
Ever since COVID-19 massively scattered on earth, things changed forever in Sport. Restrictions, health measures and even postponements and cancellations took place where it was previously impossible to imagine anything that could stop the flow of the event. boxing fans may almost miss one of the most anticipated fights of the year due to the virus.
So far in 2022 there have been at least three good collisions that have been modified or, even more, canceled due to contamination with COVID-19. The first of these situations occurred on the very first boxing card of the year. Canelo lvarez teammate, Frank Sanchez lost to his rival Carlos Negron had to be replaced by the German Christian Hammer. The result was a very dull fight because Hammer was out of shape.
The first fight for the world title in 2022 suffered from the pandemic force. WBO World Light Heavyweight Joe Smith Jr had to defend his belt against Brits Callum JohnsonHowever, the contender was withdrawn 9 days before the main date due to an infection with COVID-19. Jesse Vargas vs Liam Smith did not have the same luck as the Vargas infection caused the cancellation of the match scheduled for February 5.
The mega fight that couldn’t take place because of COVID-19
For many boxing fans and pundits, the most anticipated fight for the first quarter of 2022 was the third clash between Juan Francisco Gallo Estrada and Roman Chocolate Gonzalez. The supremacy of the Super Flyweight Division was at stake; also the 115lb WBA world title.
However, according to Levi Luna, Nicaraguan journalist, the fight between the Mexican and Nicaraguan titans on March 5 could not take place as expected. The reason is a COVID-19 infection of Gallito Estrada in the early days of January 2022.
Luna said the current WBA World Super Flyweight Champion had severe symptoms such as fever and cough. After returning to training on January 17, Estrada’s body did not perform as he expected, so the Mexican’s team may have made the decision to face off with Chocolate Gonzalez. A medical certificate from Estrada and Matchroom Boxing is expected to be released soon to clarify the situation.
Juan Francisco Estrada has his first fight against Roman . lost Chocolate Gonzalez in 2012 by unanimous decision. Then, in 2021, both clashed again, with the Mexican fighter winning a controversial split decision. In this fight, Estrada and Gonzalez set the record for the most punches thrown in a 115-pound fight, with 2,500 strokes.