The fight against COVID-19, Kim Clavel’s chance to win the WBC junior flyweight championship in the waiting position
The fight against COVID-19, Kim Clavel’s chance to win the WBC junior flyweight championship in the waiting position

The fight against COVID-19, Kim Clavel’s chance to win the WBC junior flyweight championship in the waiting position

Kim Clavel’s chance to win the WBC junior flyweight title will have to wait at least a little longer. Clavel, who was to challenge Yesenia Gomez on Thursday in Montreal for Gomez’s title, incurred COVID-19 according to her promoter, Yvon Michel.

Michel tweeted Monday that Clavel has “quite virulent” symptoms. Her trainer, Stephan Larouche, told ESPN that Clavel has “big-time” symptoms, including fever, dehydration and headaches. He said that when she is able to return to training, they will take things slow to make sure her health recovers.

The 31-year-old Montreal native spent the first part of the COVID pandemic working as a nurse – a field that had housed her first career – including treating elderly patients. During the time she won the Pat Tillman Award for Service ESPY in 2020, she did not receive COVID-19.

Now, less than a week before the biggest fight of her career, she is ill and unable to fight.

This is not the first time the Clavel-Gomez match has been postponed. Clavel had to withdraw from the match in November after an injury. In January, Gomez asked for more preparation time for the match and pushed it from March to April.

And now the fight is put on hold again.

Clavel (15-0, 3 KO) last fought March 11, beating Mariela Ribera Valverde, who withdrew in the fourth round. Gomez (19-5-3, 6 KO) was last in the ring on October 16, 2021, winning a majority decision over Itzayana Cruz Delgado.

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