Fight postponed after Briton tested positive for coronavirus
The trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder scheduled for July 24 in Las Vegas has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak with the Briton and members of his camp testing positive for the virus.
Sources said The telegraph that nine people using the training room returned positive tests, including training partners. The third fight between Fury and Wilder for the British World Boxing Council title is now expected to be postponed until October 9, although this may require a modified ruling from referee Daniel Weinstein who had ruled that the third fight between the two heavyweights had to take. take place before September 15th.
Fury, who had been in good spirits in the camp, even celebrating England’s success at Euro 2020, said he was “disappointed and frustrated” while Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel spoke criticized Team Fury for not being fully vaccinated, after it emerged that some members had not had a second Covid-19 jab.
“They didn’t do what they said they did and what they should have done as professional athletes,” Finkel told The Athletic. “There is so much money and prestige and things that depend on it, and we all have a job to do to make sure it happens on time.”
Members of Team Fury had felt bad on Monday and Fury tested positive on Thursday. Following discussions between Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and medical advisors, the promoter visited Fury at his suburban Las Vegas mansion in Henderson – one of two homes where the team is based – and told the world champion the fight should be remembered. An official announcement from Top Rank promoters is expected later on Friday.
Fury faces American Wilder who won an arbitration case last month, forcing the British boxer to withdraw from an undisputed heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua, due in August in Arabia Arabia. Retired judge Weinstein had ruled that Wilder had a contractual right to a third contest with Fury.
Wilder and Fury first fought in Los Angeles in December 2018, in a dramatic twelve-round contest that ended in a controversial draw, with Fury rising from the canvas after being shot in the final round.
In their second meeting in Las Vegas on February 23, 2020, Fury overpowered Wilder, dropping him twice in the third and fifth rounds, with the fight ending in the seventh round when the towel arrived from the former champion’s corner. under a barrage of punches. Neither Fury, who won the WBC title in the bout, nor Wilder, have fought in the meantime.
What is that?
The third fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who will fight for the WBC heavyweight title. Fury was on track to meet Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight crown at the end of the summer in Saudi Arabia, but the biggest fight in British boxing history collapsed when a US judge ruled that Wilder had the contractual right to a third contest with the ‘Gypsy King’.
When is it?
The fight was to take place on Saturday July 24. It is now expected to be postponed to October 9, although that may require an amended ruling from referee Daniel Weinstein who ruled that the third fight between the two heavyweights must take place. take place before September 15th.
Where is it?
Prior to the postponement, Fury-Joshua 3 was scheduled to be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
What happened in the first two fights?
Fury and Wilder fought for a contested draw in their first bout in 2018, but Fury dominated the rematch early on and stopped the Bronze Bombardier in the seventh round to inflict Wilder’s first career loss.
What are their files?
- Total Fights 31
- 30 wins
- Wins by KO 21
- Losses 0
- Prints 1
- Total Fights 44
- Wins 42
- Wins by KO 41
- Losses 1
- Prints 1
What are the latest odds?
- Fury Victory – 1/3
- Wilder Victory – 9/4
- Draw – 25/1
(All odds via Oddschecker)