One of the most anticipated fights of the year had to be postponed after the positive for the British coronavirus.
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The fight between the British boxer Tyson fury and the american Deontay Wilder for the title of heavyweights of the WBC has been rescheduled from July 24 to October 9, as confirmed by the promoters this Thursday. All this comes a week after the World Boxing Council (WBC) announced the cancellation after the positive of Fury and several members of his team in their training center.
The scene of the expected third episode of the rivalry between the two boxers will continue to be the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Nevada). “All I wanted to do was smash the ‘Big Slacker’ on July 24, but I guess the beating will have to wait,” Fury said. “Make no mistake, be back and better than ever.”
The coronavirus contagion was the last turn of a thorny year for Fury. Undefeated Gipsy king, 32, was scheduled to hold the long-awaited heavyweight belt unification bout against his compatriot Anthony Joshua. However, that fight was thwarted after a judge ruled that Fury was legally obligated to face Wilder in a third fight.
“For that we went to arbitration,” he said this Thursday Shelly Finkel, representative of Wilder. “He just wanted what was owed to him. He remains ready to claim his world title on October 9.” Fury (30-0 and 21 KOs with a draw) clearly defeated Wilder after seven rounds in their second fight in February 2020, after which none of them have stepped into a ring again. Their first bout, in December 2018, ended in a controversial split decision draw after Fury got knocked down twice.