WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Brandon Figueroa has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, his upcoming fight against WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Stephen Fulton has been postponed indefinitely. Figueroa shared the disappointing news via Instagram on Tuesday.
“I’ve worked so hard for this fight and was so close to finishing camp strong but unfortunately there was nothing more I could’ve done. I tried to let it pass and still manage to fight but I wasn’t feeling too well and especially being the last 2 weeks leading to my fight which are the most crucial,” Figueroa told his fans.
“I just want to say thank you to all my fans and supporters, this is a fight I don’t want to let slip and I will come back stronger than ever. [In] the meantime, I’m gonna continue and try to maintain myself in fight shape as my next fight date will be announced soon.”
Figuero-Fulton is far from the first title fight to be postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test. Within the last six months, Lopez-Kambososos and Wilder-Fury have both been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests. As a result, the IBF has set the standard that fighters must be vaccinated before competing for their titles. The WBC, WBO and WBA have not put forth such standards.