The wait goes on.
Fight fans will have to wait until later this year to see the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the British heavyweight’s gym.
Fury and Wilder were scheduled to share the ring for a third time later this month after ‘The Bronze Bomber’ exercised a rematch clause in his contract from the previous bout, which ended in a seventh round TKO victory for Fury.
However, it’s now reported that Fury vs Wilder III is set to be postponed until early October after a Covid-19 outbreak in Fury’s gym.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III to be postponed
ESPN reports that Fury was one of several individuals at his gym to test positive for Covid-19, forcing all parties to scramble to find a new date which, apparently, is likely to be October 9.
An official announcement is expected to be made on Friday, confirming the unfortunate postponement of what was set to be the biggest fight of the summer.
“We continue to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team and the status of the event has not changed to date,” Fury’s promoters Top Rank said in a statement.
Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, hit out at the unfortunate setback and accused Fury’s camp of lacking professionalism.
“They didn’t do what they said they had and what they should have done as professional athletes,” Finkel told The Athletic.
“There’s so much money, prestige and things riding on this, and we all have a job to do to make sure it happens on time.”
What the postponement means for the potential unification clash between Fury and Anthony Joshua remains to be seen but an October date with Wilder would put Fury on a similar timeline as ‘AJ’, who is set to fight Oleksandr Usyk in late September.