WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury (L) and Deontay Wilder (R) take on the WBC Heavyweight Championship press conference at The Novo by Microsoft at LA Live on June 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s upcoming fight has been postponed to October due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the champions’ camp, according to reports in the US.
The trilogy fight for Fury’s WBC Heavyweight Championship took place on July 24 for three weeks in Las Vegas.
ESPN first reported on Thursday that the fight would be postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak, but Top Rank, Fury’s US-based promoter, said in a statement: “We are continuing to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team and the The event’s status has not changed to date.”
Wilder’s team did not comment on Sky Sports’ question.
The Athletic reported Friday morning that “at least 10” people at Fury’s gym in Vegas have contracted Covid-19.
Fury himself tested positive for Covid-19, ESPN reports.
Joseph Parker, the former WBO heavyweight champion, also trained with Fury, but his manager David Higgins told Sky Sports: “Joseph doesn’t have Covid.”
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Dillian Whyte would be available and willing to replace Fury and fight Wilder on July 24, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
The Fury vs Wilder delay means Anthony Joshua is now expected to step back between the ropes for his two main rivals in the division.
Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 in London.
While talks to host Joshua vs Fury for the undisputed title fell apart, there was optimism that the dream fight could be righted this year if they each made it through their next defense.
With Fury’s comeback postponed to October, all hopes of seeing him fight Joshua in 2021 are gone.
Neither Fury, 32, nor Wilder, 35, have been back in the ring since their second fight in February 2019.
Fury stopped Wilder and ended his title regime and undefeated record, after a dramatic draw in their first clash.
Wilder wore headphones to block out Fury’s taunts when they recently met at a press conference.
The American has made big changes to his team – he fired Mark Breland, the trainer who threw in the towel to end the second fight with Fury. He has hired former opponent Malik Scott as his new trainer, meaning Jay Deas has been relegated.