Undefeated American featherweight Stephen Fulton [18-0, 8 KOs] is out of contention for the WBO Junior Featherweight title after he and two of his coaches tested positive for COVID-19 just a day to his clash against countryman Angelo Leo [19-0, 9 KOs].
Fulton v Leo was set to headline Showtime’s tripleheader on Saturday night 1st August 2020 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut but Fulton had to pull out after testing positive for COVID-19 saying on social media “Beyond hurt!!! I won’t be fighting for the world title Saturday night due to me testing positive for COVID. I never got anything easy, just a setback for a crazy return, pray for me if you can.”
Fulton is ranked number one in the WBO’s 122-pound ratings. Leo, who is promoted by Floyd Mayweather’s company, is ranked second by the WBO.
The fight, however, will not be rescheduled as Leo is still scheduled to fight on Showtime for the vacant title only this time he will be facing undefeated southpaw Tramaine Williams [19-0, 6 KOs] who was initially tabbed to take on Ra’eese Aleem in a WBA 122-pound title eliminator on the Fulton-Leo undercard, but now finds himself with a chance to become a champion instead.
Leo, who hails from New Mexico, but trains out of Las Vegas, is coming off an impressive four-win campaign in 2019. On December 28, he scored an 11th-round knockout of Cesar Juarez on the undercard of the light heavyweight title fight between Jean Pascal and Badou Jack in Atlanta, Georgia.