The heavyweight championship trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder slated for 24th July, 2021 has taken an unexpected turn.
Fury’s assistant trainer Andy Lee, featherweight Isaac Lowe and former WBO heavyweight champ Joseph Parker including Tyson Fury all tested positive for COVID 19. Fury who has been in US training for the bout has received one dose of the vaccine but never the second shot.
An official told Lance Pugmire of the Athletic that Fury is “sick, but not that sick,” but all are “realistic about what this virus can potentially do.”
“We continue to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team, and the status of the event has not changed to date,” Fury’s promoter Top Rank said in a statement on Thursday.
It is unclear when the delayed bout could fit in and still be at T-Mobile Arena. It leaves Wilder wondering, however, Eddie Hearn tweeted last night that Dillian Whyte would be willing to step in for Fury.
Tyson Fury was set to fight Anthony Joshua in a summer showdown. Deontay Wilder was able to secure the Trilogy fight with Fury through an arbitrator’s ruling. The two men had battled to a draw in December 2018, Fury won the rematch in February 2020 by knockout. There was a clause in the second fight that guaranteed the loser a rematch.
Postponing the fight to September or beyond also likely ends any hope of the winner unifying the titles against Joshua before the end of 2021.