COVID-19 has ruined another “FOX PBC Fight Night” main event.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Canadian welterweight Cody Crowley has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrew from his fight against Gabriel Maestre on Thursday. Crowley (19-0, 9 KOs) and Maestre (3-0, 3 KOs) were scheduled to meet on August 7 for the vacant interim WBA welterweight title in a 12-round bout that FOX was supposed to broadcast from The Armory in Minneapolis .
The Premier Boxing Champions matchmakers were trying to find a replacement Thursday night for Crowley, a Las Vegas resident who had hoped to exploit the biggest opportunity of his seven-year professional career against Venezuelan Maestre.
Maestre has twice represented his home country at the Olympics. He is 34, however, and Crowley would have represented a step forward in the competition for him.
Crowley’s withdrawal marked the second time this week that a “FOX PBC Fight Night” main event has been altered due to COVID-19.
As first reported by BoxingScene.com on Tuesday, veteran heavyweight Gerald Washington recently contracted COVID-19 and pulled out of his 10-round fight against Michael Coffie (12-0, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Jonnie Rice (13-6-1, 9 KOs) was on hold and replaced Washington (20-4-1, 13 KOs), of Vallejo, Calif., On short notice a few days ago.
Two fights on the undercard on Saturday night in Newark were also dropped Thursday due to COVID-19.
As BoxingScene.com first revealed on Thursday morning, veteran welterweight Justin DeLoach and junior lightweight prospect Maliek Montgomery tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore withdrew from fights FS1 was due to air after the ‘FOX main event between Brooklyn’s Coffie and Los Angeles’ Rice.
DeLoach (19-5, 10 KOs), of Augusta, Ga., Was scheduled to face Paul Kroll of Philadelphia (8-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Montgomery (10-0, 10 KOs), of Macon, Ga., Was scheduled to meet Mexican Angel Contreras (10-4-2, 6 KOs) in another 10 rounds.
FOX’s three-fight broadcast on August 7 will also feature a 10-round welterweight bout in which Lithuanian Eimantas Stanionis (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Luis Collazo of Brooklyn (39-8, 20 KOs), a former 147-pound WBA champion. .
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.