Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder Set to be Postponed Until October
Boxing betting fans have been dealt another blow as the fight between Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder set to be postponed until October after a Covid-19 outbreak. At least ten members of Fury’s camp tested positive for the virus, delaying the third fight of the trilogy.
2021 has not been the best of years for lovers of heavyweight boxing, especially English heavyweight boxing. It started so brightly. The media reported a deal had been agreed to stage finally the fight we had all been looking forward to, Fury v Joshua. The purse had been split in principle, and the location had been agreed, and all that was missing was time and the fighters. Or so we thought.
Tyson Fury had already fought Deontay Wilder twice. A heavily disputed split decision on a draw in December was followed by a Fury masterclass that ended with Wilder on the floor in the seventh round in February 2020.
After negotiations for a third fight fell through in December, Fury’s camp felt they were free of contract clauses that ordered a re-match. However, Wilder’s legal team disagreed and took their claim to arbitration and won. The decision was that a fight between Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder had to take place by September 15th 2021.
The news came as a huge embarrassment for the Fury camp, who 24-hours earlier had triumphed the fact that a deal had been agreed for the “Gypsy King” to fight Anthony Joshua on August 14th in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Chris Mannix at the time tweeted: “Unclear what this means for Fury-Joshua, which has been pencilled in for August 14th. It’s boxing — you can’t make people fight. But Fury can be sued for breach of contract if he moves ahead with the AJ fight and / or have his WBC title stripped. Lots of moving parts.”
The fight between Fury and Wilder was due to occur next Saturday but will now take place later in the year after reports state that at least ten members of Tyson Fury’s have tested positive for Covid-19.
Top Rank, the US promoter for Fury, stated: “We continue to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team, and the status of the event has not changed to date.”
When Fury was ordered to fight Wilder, Anthony Joshua’s team were forced to find a new opponent, and as a result, Joshua will now put his IBF, WBA and WBO titles on the line against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25th in London.
It was originally hoped that if Fury beat Wilder and Joshua beat Usyk, a Battle of Britain clash could occur before the end of the year. However, these hopes appear to have been dashed with this Covid-19 outbreak.
Neither Fury nor Wilder has fought since the Brit won their last encounter in 2019. Fury sensationally ender Wilder’s unbeaten run, and many believe he should have been awarded the fight after the first fight. Wilder recently wore headphones in a recent press conference so he couldn’t hear Fury’s taunts.
Publicly Wilder believes he can win what would be his third fight against Fury. The American has made plenty of changes to his team since his knockdown against the Brit. Sacking trainer Mark Breland and appointing former opponent Malik Scott as his new trainer. A move that sees Jay Deas demoted.