Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder in jeopardy due to COVID-19 outbreak
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are scheduled to fight on July 24 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but now the fight is in jeopardy due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Fury’s camp, according to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.
Coppinger writes that the fight will “inevitably” be postponed. No official determination has been made about the status of the bout, but Fury’s promoter Top Rank released this statement on the situation:
“We continue to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team, and the status of the event has not changed to date,” a statement from Top Rank said Thursday.
If the fight is indeed postponed, it would reportedly be moved to September. The bout is a joint pay-per-view with Fox. The network currently has Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spencer Jr. as a PPV event on the docket in August.
Whenever this fight does happen, it will be the third time Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder go at it in the ring. The first bout happened in December 2018 and ended in a disputed draw, with many believing Fury deserved the victory. Fury then defeated Wilder in February 2020.
Neither Tyson Fury nor Deontay Wilder have fought since that February 2020 event. They were hoping to fight again in 2020, but COVID-19 threw off those plans.
The 32-year-old Fury has a 30-0-1 record with 21 KOs, while Wilder boasts a 42-1-1 record with 30 KOs. With just over two weeks until this scheduled fight, a decision will have to be made relatively soon on how this will proceed.