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 BoxingScene.com.
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 BoxingScene.com 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.
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