The Cuban trainer, has left Joyce’s bubble and did not come into contact with the Olympic silver medallist, so the fight can go ahead on Saturday.
Trainer Ismael Salas (pictured) has tested positive for coronavirus and left Joe Joyce’s camp
Joyce had been training with Salas throughout October before the Cuban went back to the US
The news has rocked the Joyce camp ahead of the fight, as Salas worked with the 35-year-old all through October before going back to Las Vegas.
Joyce’s lawyer, Adam Morallee, admitted that the camp had concerns about Salas returning to the US, but accepted it and implemented Covid-19 protocols for when he came back.
‘We were concerned about Salas going back to Vegas,’ he said.
‘Being in a gym around other fighters we were concerned that he might contract coronavirus, it was a risk.
‘We put measures in place to make sure that when he arrived back in the country, he was isolated from everyone.
Joyce (right) will fight Daniel Dubois (left) in an all-British heavyweight encounter on Saturday
Morallee confirmed that Salas had not been in physical contact with Joyce. The news was announced after Thursday’s pre-fight press conference.
‘He has been away from everyone, especially Joe, he has been in a separate hotel, he got a separate taxi here, he was tested alone and went to his room,’ he said.
‘Then his test came back positive and he had to go straight home.’
Joyce’s original training plans were thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic, with Salas having to come to him in the UK rather than Joyce going across the Atlantic.
Joyce was supposed to train with Salas in Las Vegas but changed plans due to the pandemic
Morallee said: ‘Joe should have trained in Vegas with his coach but coronavirus has screwed everything up for everybody.
‘Salas is a top coach with a lot of fighters and he tried to prioritise Joe Joyce, he did get over here, but he had to go back to Vegas because he is a loyal guy.
Joyce will now have trainer Steve Broughton in his corner instead. Morallee has said there are no concern’s over Broughton’s inexperience managing a fight of this magnitude.
‘Did we think about bringing in another trainer? Yes. But we believe that Steve Broughton is a world-class trainer and we have the experience of Jimmy Tibbs, who has been in the corner for every Joe Joyce UK fight.
‘Joe is absolutely fine, Steve has been his main trainer since May. We wanted Salas with us the whole time but he had to work with his other fighters so he was unable to. We knew the risks.’
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