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Hasim Rahman Jr. Tests Positive For COVID-19, Fight vs. Rashad Coulter Canceled on Tyson-Jones

The Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr. exhibition match will have one less professional boxing match on the undercard tilt Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

MMA fighter and professional boxer Rashad Coulter had his heavyweight fight against Hasim Rahman Jr. canceled Friday when the son of the former heavyweight champion tested positive for COVID-19, Coulter told


Coulter (4-0, 3 KOs in boxing, 9-5 in MMA) showed up to the weigh-in and immediately learned of the news that the fight had been called off. Rahman Jr. (9-0, 4 KOs) was a late replacement this week for Coulter’s original opponent Viddal Riley.

In a procedural move, Coulter weighed in at 211.2 pounds. Jimmy Burchfield Jr., COO of CES, the promotional company handling the Tyson versus Jones event, told that Coulter will still receive his purse.

Rahman Jr. had tested negative for COVID-19 just three days ago, but got snake-bitten by the virus on fight week, an occurrence that has become far too common in the pandemic.

Considering the untimely news of the result, a backup opponent could not be sourced in time for Coulter.

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by SinderellaMan on 11-28-2020

[QUOTE=Mindgames;20912089]Yes ,it is garbage.And also,whats more likely, a disease so severe it kills and also has no symptoms at all,or a test that picks up fragments of non transmissiable RNA because the amplification cycle is far to high?As you say,a…

Comment by Roadblock on 11-28-2020

[QUOTE=SinderellaMan;20911726]Respectfully, there are more false negatives than false positives. And this asymptomatic garbage is just that: garbage. They all have this distinct wet cough. Some people the cough is subtle while it is more frequent in others. He more than…

Comment by richardt on 11-28-2020

So who is better - Rahman's son or Evander's?

Comment by TheMyspaceDayz on 11-28-2020

[QUOTE=_original_;20912143]Who the hell is still ordering PPV's, let alone preordering them? lol[/QUOTE] Seriously. Who? Older folk who lack computer savvy? Mormons who view streaming as thievery? Restaurants n bars? Where are these people?

Comment by _original_ on 11-28-2020

[QUOTE=TheMyspaceDayz;20912088]This keeps happening and people call me a stickler for saying it isn’t wise to pre order a ppv well in advance.[/QUOTE] Who the hell is still ordering PPV's, let alone preordering them? lol

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