Undefeated super middleweight title contender David Benavidez has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will not fight Jose Uzcategui on August 28 in Phoenix as previously scheduled. Premier Boxing Champions nor Showtime have shared a potential makeup date for the super middleweight showdown.
Benavidez-Uzcategui is the latest of many fights to be postponed or canceled this summer. First, heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was forced to push back his fight against his Deontay Wilder after he tested positive for COVID-19. Then, Teofimo Lopez went through the ups and downs of rescheduling his title defense against George Kambososos after testing positive for COVID-19. Most recently, Errol Spence Jr. was forced to withdraw from his fight against Manny Pacquiao after sustaining an injury to his retina.
Moreover, Benavidez is not the only super middleweight contender to have a fight pushed back. IFB Super Middleweight titlist Caleb Plant was supposed to challenge super middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his various super-middleweight titles, but negotiations fell through. Now neither fighter appears to be fighting in September as previously scheduled. The super-middleweight division appears to be on standby until everything is worked out healthwise and businesswise.