According to reports in the US and as reported by Sky Sports, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s upcoming fight has been postponed until October due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in Fury’s camp.
Instead, it has been scheduled for three weeks’ time in Las Vegas on July 24 for the three-round trilogy fight for Fury’s WBC heavyweight title.
According to ESPN, the fight would be delayed because of an outbreak of Covid-19. However, Top Rank, Fury’s US promoter, issued a statement saying: “We continue to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team and the status of the event has not changed to date.”
Sky Sports did not receive a response from Wilder’s team.
Covid-19 has infected at least 10 people in Fury’s gym in Vegas, according to The Athletic. ESPN reports that Fury himself tested positive for Covid-19.
The former WBO heavyweight champ Joseph Parker was also training with Fury, but his manager David Higgins told Sky Sports: “Joseph does not have Covid.”
According to his promoter Eddie Hearn, Dillian Whyte is available and willing to replace Fury on July 24.
Fury vs Wilder has been postponed, which means Anthony Joshua will now be expected to face his two divisional rivals behind the ropes. Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk in London on September 25.