Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Trilogy fight could be postponed to October after ‘COVID-19 outbreak’

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Trilogy fight could be postponed to October after ‘COVID-19 outbreak’

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s next fight could be postponed until October after a reported COVID-19 outbreak in the British boxers’ camp.

The trilogy fights for FuryThe WBC Heavyweight Championship was scheduled to take place on July 24 in Las Vegas, but reports in the United States indicated the fight would be delayed after a coronavirus outbreak on Fury’s team.

Athletic reported on Friday that “at least 10” people in Fury’s gym in Las Vegas have contracted the virus.

Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in 2019 and was due to defend his title this month

And Fury himself has also tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN.

But US-based boxing promoters Top Rank have said they are monitoring the situation closely, with an announcement expected later today.

“As soon as we hear back, we’ll issue a statement,” Top Rank said.

According to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, Dillian Whyte is reportedly available and willing to replace Fury and fight Wilder later this month.

Fury, 32, beat American Wilder to become WBC heavyweight champion in February 2019, just over a year after the two fought for an exciting draw.

Any hope of an all-British heavyweight fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua in 2021 could be dashed if the fight is delayed

Fury was ready to face Anthony Josué in Saudi Arabia in August but a court ruling in the United States thwarted these plans.

An arbitration hearing confirmed Wilder’s claims that he was contractually indebted for a third fight against Fury.

Neither Fury nor Wilder, 35, have returned to the ring since their second fight in 2019.

The British boxer trained in Las Vegas for his third competition.

There are still hopes of a Fury-Joshua fight but it is unlikely to take place in 2021 if the Fury-Wilder clash is delayed.

Joshua is expected to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 in London.


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