Tyson Fury CONFIRMS trilogy blockbuster with Deontay Wilder will be postponed until October 9 after his positive Covid test as delayed showdown deals another setback for Anthony Joshua mega-fight
Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title defence against Deontay Wilder, originally scheduled for July 24, has officially been postponed.
A positive coronavirus test for Fury has forced the trilogy fight to be rearranged for October 9, it was confirmed by the Briton on Thursday. The Gypsy King has received his first vaccination dose, but is yet to receive his second.
‘WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will now conclude their epic trilogy on October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas after the July 24 was postponed due to Fury’s positive Covid-19 diagnosis,’ a statement from the Gypsy King’s Twitter account read.
Tyson Fury’s heavyweight trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder will now take place on October 9
‘Tickets purchased for July 24 will be honoured for the rescheduled date’.
Fury also said, via PA news agency: ‘I want nothing more than to smash the ‘Big Dosser’ on July 24, but I guess the beating will have to wait. Make no mistake, I will be back and better than ever. We will fight Oct, 9 and I will knock him spark out.’
Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel added: ‘This is what we went to arbitration for. He just wanted what was owed to him. He remains ready to reclaim his world title on Oct 9.’
A US judge ordered the heavyweight giants to meet for a third time after Wilder disputed Team Fury’s claim that their rematch clause had expired.
The Gypsy King had agreed to take on Anthony Joshua for the unified and undisputed heavyweight crown, but those plans were halted following the arbitration.
Upon learning of Fury’s positive Covid case, Wilder reportedly told co-manager Shelly FInkel via Michael Benson: ‘Again now, he did wrong and I’m the one being penalised.’ Wilder previously made outlandish cheating accusations toward Fury.
An October fall-back date will rule out any chance of Fury facing Joshua in a predicted December showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Fury and Wilder played out a thrilling draw in their first fight in December 2018, before the Briton laid on a savage beating of the previously undefeated American in February 2020.
The Bronze Bomber has since claimed that Fury cheated during their second fight in Sin City, alleging that Fury had an ‘egg weight’ concealed in his glove, that his water was spiked, and that his ring walk outfit was too heavy.
Fury and Wilder had been engaging in their usual trash talk in the build up to this fight, with the British star vowing to ‘run him over like an 18-wheeler’.
‘I gave my game plan away the first time because he wasn’t good enough to do anything about it, I’ll do the same thing this time,’ he said at their first press conference – which saw the two face off in silence for an awkward five minutes.
‘Deontay Wilder is a one trick pony, he has one punch power, we all know that, great. What I’ll do to him this time is run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he’s a human being, I guarantee you it does not go past where it did before.
‘I’ve had 18 months of practicing what I’m gonna do to him. I want to get up to 300 pounds for this fight and I’m looking for the big knockout straight away.’
Wilder has hit back in recent weeks and reiterated his claims that Fury ‘cheated’ in their second fight, suggesting he had put an egg weight in his gloves, and stressed he believed Fury would try to cheat in their third bout.
‘You think he ain’t gonna try to cheat this time?’ he told 78SPORTSTV. ‘Oh they’re thinking, they’re coming up with a master plan.
‘But my thing to him – man, you couldn’t even get me out on loaded gloves and the conditions I was under.
‘You couldn’t knock me out, you didn’t knock me out.’