Josh Aloiai has become the first NRL player to contract COVID-19, after his positive case prompted the cancellation of his boxing bout with Paul Gallen in Newcastle.
The Manly forward, who is fully vaccinated, had spent his off-season preparing for the high-profile fight next month.
Manly official have said Aloiai had not been in contact with any club mates, with the 26-year-old not due to return to the Sea Eagles' Narrabeen base until next month.
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The bombshell revelation has not only forced the abandonment of Aloiai's slated heavyweight blockbuster with Paul Gallen in Newcastle next month, but also the cancellation of the entire December 9-10 double header.
The Gallen-Aloiai bout was to headline the Friday night program that also featured the much-anticipated professional debut of Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Harry Garside.
Former NRL stars Joey Leilua and Chris Heighington and ex-world-title contender Andrew Moloney also featured on the bumper schedule.
"All patrons who purchased a ticket for the event will receive a refund through Ticketek," No Limit Boxing promoters said in a statement.
"No Limit Boxing is working on an alternate card that will feature some of the biggest names in Australian boxing, including Andrew Moloney and Harry Garside."
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