The championship trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been postponed from July 24 after a COVID-19 outbreak in Fury’s camp.
According to Dan Rafael, Fury is among those who have tested positive for the virus. He received one dose of the vaccine but never the second shot.
The delay is a major turn of events fo Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), who dethroned Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in a dominating February 2020 performance capped by a seventh-round TKO after Wilder had been dropped twice previously. In their first bout, in December 2018, Fury dramatically rose from the dead following a Wilder knockdown punch in the 12th round to preserve a draw.
Fury had a two-fight deal in place to share a $150 million site fee in Saudi Arabia with three-belt champion and countryman Anthony Joshua when an arbitrator ruled Fury owed Wilder the trilogy fight that was delayed last year by COVID-19 and television conflicts.
“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 promoter Top Rank said in a statement on Thursday.