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Robert Garcia To Conduct Weekly COVID-19 Tests at Gym

Robert Garcia isn’t taking any chances with COVID-19, not with so many elite fighters under his wing who have important bouts in the coming months.

That’s why the respected trainer has hired a home nurse who will supervise weekly COVID-19 tests for anyone who enters his boxing gym - the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy (RGBA) - in Riverside, CA.

“I should have done this a month ago,” Garcia told The Desert Sun. “But I didn’t.”


Garcia, 45, decided to ramp up his safety precautions after he tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday ahead of his welterweight charge Vergil Ortiz’s main event bout against Samuel Vargas at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.

Even though a subsequent test showed that Garcia tested negative for the virus on the morning of the fight, California State Athletic Commission Andy Foster advised Garcia not to attend Friday’s show. Garcia complied, noting the potential disastrous health and financial ramifications.

“We have to make sure that this event is as safe as possible, so that means decisions like this have to be made,” Garcia had said in a press release.

Garcia admitted that he likely did have COVID-19, although he has fully recovered. 

“I did have it like a month ago,” Garcia said. “But when I did the second test, it was already out of my system.”

As many of Garcia’s prospects live together in a house close to the gym and often train together, Garcia also has a “house consultant” who makes sure to clean the gym everyday after workouts. Garcia also noted that he and his son both wear masks, gloves, and face shields when they are training their fighters. His safeguards reflect the grim resurgence of the virus in California, which recently surpassed New York for most COVID-19 cases in the country, amid a disturbing increase in hospitalizations and infection rates.

“I’m taking extra precautions, man,” Garcia said. “I’m not worried.”

In addition to Ortiz, who scored a seventh-round stoppage over Vargas on Friday, Garcia trains his younger brother, the decorated Mikey Garcia, featherweight Abner Mares, and junior-welterweight titleholder Jose Ramirez, who is projected to take on Viktor Postol sometime in August. Garcia’s boxing gym is one of the hotbeds for rising and established fighters in the Southern California area.

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Comment by Silver Spear on 08-03-2020

[QUOTE=indelible;20687923]Shouldn't that be counted to the covid death toll given that covid contributed to the individual's death?[/QUOTE] No because there is no evidence that Covid caused it. If someone dies of cancer and they later tested positive for it, they…

Comment by indelible on 08-03-2020

[QUOTE=Silver Spear;20687889]The Media first said the virus was not that bad then they go on to say it is very bad. 153,000 deaths but what % of those that have had it have died? A lot of the deaths are…

Comment by Silver Spear on 08-03-2020

[QUOTE=indelible;20683399]I don't believe the media has perceived this virus as being super deadly but more so contagious and can be terminal regardless of age. This virus has shown no limits and if more than 153,000 deaths around the country is…

Comment by graphadflinin on 08-02-2020

[QUOTE=Silver Spear;20683177]Can it not be both? Something to take serious but also something used by the government as a tool to control us? Roberts case is a perfect example of how deadly it is not. He is not some young…

Comment by Mindgames on 08-02-2020

[QUOTE=allen23;20683560]Lucky enough im irish, we dont happen to have idiots like johnson, trump or bolsonaro in charge at such a pivotal time in a global pandemic. I just cant handle naysayers, and i dont agree its worse in the uk…

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