Fury-Wilder fight jeopardised by Covid in Fury’s camp

Feb 22, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury box during their WBC heavyweight title bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fury won via seventh round TKO. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

The planned July 24 trilogy fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury may be postponed after the result of a Covid test in Fury’s camp turned out positive.

ESPN disclosed this on Thursday.

Although no official announcements have been made, according to the sports broadcaster, the match may be postponed due to protocol.


Fury had earned a victory in their previous fight in February 2020, after an exhausted Wilder arrived at the venue in a heavy ceremonial suit.

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The Gypsey King, 32, had promised to deliver a swift victory over the American in the fight scheduled to hold this month.

If the pair end up having their bout this year, it would be their third fight in four years. Their first fight, which held in December 2018, ended in a split-decision draw despite Fury getting knocked down twice.

Before the plans for the Wilder fight emerged, Fury had been preparing for a unification bout against fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.

However, a ruling by a judge in May that he was contractually obliged to face Wilder for a third time.