World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion, Frenchman Arsen Goulamirian, has tested positive for Covid-19 and his scheduled defense this Friday against Aleksei Egorov was cancelled.

The 200-pound challenger was supposed to reappear this Friday after almost two years of inactivity but his last test before the mandatory fight against the Russian puncher gave off a result that will not allow him to return to the ring just yet. 

Goulamirian-Egorov was a big fight between undefeated and power fighters that generated great expectations among the fans.

IN OTHER NEWS: Former bantamweight world champion Marlon “The Nightmare” Tapales (W34 KO17 L3) is in top form for his IBF super featherweight eliminator fight against Hiroaki Teshigawara (W22 KO15 L2) on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire vs. Reymart Gaballo event taking place on December 11 in Carson, California.

The Filipino boxer has been training in LA under the tutelage of coaches Ernel Fontanilla and Ting Lariosa.

Tapales has the experience advantage being in several world title fights but Teshigawara is a no-pushover opponent.

“I am very much motivated to win this fight and get world title fight in the 122lbs division. I have been working hard in the gym and will do everything to win this sensationally. I want to be a multi-division world champion. I want to thank Sanman boxing, Sean Gibbons and all my team. I am so grateful for the chance of fighting on the same card as my fellow Filipinos Gaballo and Donaire," Tapales said.