EXCLUSIVE: Deontay Wilder unaware of Tyson Fury delay, Top Rank react
Deontay Wilder and his team continue to prepare for a fight with Tyson Fury on July 24th despite a rumor a postponement is inevitable due to Covid-19.
ESPN reported that an outbreak in the Fury camp would delay the trilogy, slated for just over two weeks.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel, contacted by WBN on Thursday morning [Las Vegas time] about the issue, said he’s in the dark about the situation.
The New Yorker exclusively told World Boxing News when asked directly: “Not as far as we know,” on whether the clash will get pushed back.
Both fighters are preparing with their trainers Malik Scott [Wilder] and SugarHill Steward [Fury]. They would be due to finish camp at the end of next week.
If there is an outbreak of Covid-19 or even a case inside Fury’s Top Rank Gym, the bout would almost certainly get delayed.
WBN continues to monitor the situation and will know more soon.
Top Rank issued a statement shortly afterward on the matter. At present, there are no plans to move the fight.
“We continue to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team, and the status of the event has not changed to date,” they said.
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ABOUT TYSON FURY VS. DEONTAY WILDER III
Fury vs. Wilder III will see two heavyweight kings meet for a third world title showdown.
Undefeated WBC world champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury puts his title on the line against former longtime heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder.
The fight happens Saturday, July 24, from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The resumption of one of the great heavyweight feuds, Fury vs. Wilder III, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view.
The pay-per-view undercard will see 2016 Nigerian Olympian “The One and Only” Efe Ajagba will take on fellow unbeaten Frank “The Cuban Flash” Sánchez in the 10-round co-main event.
And a 12-round rematch between Finland’s Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius and Polish star Adam “Babyface” Kownacki.
The eight-round pay-per-view opener will see Toledo-born Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson step up in class against undefeated Russian contender Vladimir Tereshkin.