Tyson Fury won’t have second Covid vaccine until after Deontay Wilder trilogy

Tyson Fury doesn't want any side effects of a Covid-19 vaccine to scupper his fight with Deontay Wilder next month, so he will get the second dose after the bout.

Fury will make the first defence his WBC heavyweight title against Wilder on October 9 in Las Vegas.

The British heavyweight – who was vaccinated in the summer – pulled out of the scheduled July 24 trilogy date after contracting Covid-19.

But Wilder didn't buy into Fury's withdrawal and accused him of lying about catching the virus.

Fury recently explained his reluctancy to get his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine before fighting Wilder due to any side effects hindering his preparation.

He told Boxing Scene : "I’m in a serious, life-threatening job, where you can get your lights knocked out with one punch. And if [a second shot] was to affect me in any way, then I’d never live with myself before a big fight.

"But when the fight’s over, and it hasn’t affected me, I’ll have time to recover from it all. But I wouldn’t go now and have me injection, not knowing what’s gonna happen next week, because I’ve got much business on.

“And it not only would affect my career, but affect my family’s future earnings and taking food out of my family’s mouth. So, when the boxing’s over in the minute, I can go and get my vaccine, second shot, and we’ll see how we go from there.

"I had my first vaccine back in I think June or July in Miami. I was supposed to go back and have another one after the Wilder fight. But I ended up getting Covid and flew back home after 10 days.

"I’ll be having my vaccine, the second shot, after the Wilder fight. But for now, I’m just gonna stick with one until after the fight.”

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Wilder suffered the first professional loss of his career when he was stopped by Fury in their rematch last February.

The American – who says he has a new gameplan to unveil against Fury – was initially sceptical about the vaccine but credited his doctor for calming him down and getting the injections.

He said: “I trust the people I’m around. My doctor was the one that was able to really just calm me down in that situation and be like, ‘All right, we’re gonna get it,’ and everybody around me to get it, so it won’t be no mishaps, no miscommunication or nothing.

"So my advice to all other fighters, if you’re comfortable with it, go do it. Get it done, you know? And if you’re not, then, you know, you take your own, your judgments on that.”

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