A Covid-19 outbreak in Tyson Fury’s camp has seen the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion’s trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder postponed, ESPN reported.
It was seen as an inevitability that the July 24 fight would be postponed with the bandaid ripped off on Friday (AEST).
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But Dan Rafael reported at least four positive tests in Fury’s camp — including Fury himself — have been identified. Fury is expected to return to England and return to the States for a camp before the rescheduled fight.
ESPN reported that it’s likely going to be pushed to October with Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr.’s pay per view on August 21, and Canelo Alvarez scheduled to fight in the second or third week of September.
Also, I am told Fury has symptoms of Covid, not a symptomatic. Being ill, cannot train. #FuryWilder3#boxinghttps://t.co/L2F2Iii58J
Per source: Others to test positive for Covid in the Fury camp are assistant trainer Andy Lee, featherweight Isaac Lowe and former heavyweight titlist Joseph Parker, who is trained by Lee and had been with him in the camp. #FuryWilder#boxing
Fury has promised to deliver a swift victory over America’s Wilder in the fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
He handed Wilder a brutal beating in seven one-sided rounds in their second fight in February 2020.
Their first fight, in December 2018, ended in a controversial split-decision draw in which Fury was knocked down twice.
Fury had been preparing for a money-spinning unification bout against fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, until a ruling by a judge in May that he was contractually obliged to face Wilder for a third time.
Fury knocked down Wilder in their last fight.Source:Getty Images
Fury was not happy and took it out in the most awkward press conference you’ll ever see when he and Wilder stared each other down for nearly six minutes.
“It was a crazy roller coaster toward this fight,” Fury said at last month’s news conference in Los Angeles to promote the fight. “I always say, ‘You’re never fighting someone until you’re in the ring opposite them.’”
Wilder is reportedly furious with the events, with his manager Shelly Finkel saying “Again now, he did wrong and I’m the one being penalised”, according to The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire.
— with AFP
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