Tyson Fury has been slammed by fight fans after photos emerged on social media of him posing with supporters in Las Vegas just days after a coronavirus outbreak in his team was confirmed.
The world heavyweight champion had to pull out of his first title defence against Deontay Wilder, which was scheduled for July 24, and it is rumoured that Fury himself was diagnosed.
But he was spotted at first a Las Vegas car dealership, and then a casino, from where a number of fans posted photos to social media.
Many fans believe Fury should have been self-isolating due to his close contact with team members who had contracted the coronavirus, but he was seen at the Royalty Exotic Cars shop in Vegas, where the dealer posted a photo on Instagram.
The up-market rental shop posted the photo with a gushing caption celebrating his visit, saying: “Iconic. Thanks for stopping by champ," and tagging his page @gypsyking101.
Fury was supposed to fight Anthony Joshua on August 14 in Saudi Arabia, but that bout fell through due to an arbitration case brought by Wilder that forced him to face the American in a trilogy first.
Fans were outraged by the decision, after Fury had drawn with and then brutally stopped Wilder in their first two fights, while he and Joshua are the clear top two heavyweights in the world.
Bob Arum, Fury's American promoter, said that he was planning on getting a second dose of the Moderna vaccine after his bout with Wilder, citing potential side effects affecting his camp as his reason for not getting it sooner.
“He got vaccinated in Miami," Arum told Boxing Scene. “He got the first shot. And then he said he didn’t want to get the second shot because he didn’t want to get sick so close to the fight.
"So, he got COVID instead.
“I knew he had one shot, and I was hoping it was Johnson & Johnson [the vaccine that only takes one shot], but it wasn’t. – it was Moderna.”
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has even theorised that the bout may have been called off due to poor ticket sales, with Fury's alleged diagnosis a blessing in disguise.
“There was no broadcaster in the UK announced," Hearn said. "You know he has a contract with BT? They never announced the fight. They sold no tickets.
“Basically, you could go online and check. I don’t know whether it was 25 per cent or 30 per cent of the tickets have been sold, but that’s disastrous. There was no hype. This was going to do very, very poor pay-per-view numbers.”
The next big heavyweight title fight will now take place in September when Anthony Joshua faces Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
It is expected that Fury v Wilder 3 will now take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with an October date tentatively set.
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