Tyson Fury and a number of other different members of his group have tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing his heavyweight title fight together with his rival Deontay Wilder to be postponed, a particular person aware of the scenario stated Friday.
The World Boxing Council, the group bestowing the title of champion to the match’s winner, said in a statement on Friday afternoon that the extremely anticipated rematch could be delay “following a Covid-19 outbreak in Fury’s training camp.”
The bout had been slated for July 24 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The council — which works with the promoters finally accountable for securing a venue, a TV deal and the cooperation of state regulators — stated a new date could be introduced “in the coming days.”
The particular person aware of the matter, who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of particulars of the outbreak had not been launched and a alternative fight date had not been introduced, stated Mr. Fury was additionally displaying signs of Covid-19 and promoters had been contemplating rescheduling the extremely anticipated bout for October.
Mr. Fury knocked out Mr. Wilder for the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship in February 2020, a bout that was held in Las Vegas earlier than the pandemic prompted widespread shutdowns of sporting occasions in the United States.
Their rematch was extremely anticipated as a result of despite the fact that Mr. Fury received decisively, it was the first loss of Mr. Wilder’s profession (his document is 42-1-1). They fought to a draw in 2018, driving up curiosity in the third bout.
Mr. Wilder’s supervisor, Shelly Finkel, expressed frustration with Mr. Fury and his group in an interview with 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,” Mr. Finkel stated.
Mr. Wilder received an arbitration case in May that established that he was entitled to a third fight. The verdict pressured Mr. Fury to delay a heavyweight title fight in Saudi Arabia towards Anthony Joshua.
Numerous sporting occasions have been canceled, postponed or derailed as a consequence of the pandemic, together with a light-weight title fight that was delayed from June till August when the champion, Teófimo López, tested positive for the virus.
Olympic organizers stated on Thursday that spectators wouldn’t be allowed at the majority of occasions. The choice got here after a new state of emergency was declared in Tokyo following a surge in instances.