Fury-Wilder Rematch Postponed By Virus Pandemic

Fury-Wilder Rematch Postponed By Virus Pandemic 1

(FILES)
In this file photo taken on February 23, 2020 British boxer Tyson Fury
(L) and US boxer Deontay Wilder exchange punches during their World
Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title boxing match at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. – The third fight in Tyson Fury and
Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight rivalry has been postponed as the
coronavirus pandemic grips the United States and Britain, ESPN reported
on March 24, 2020. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP)The
third fight in Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight rivalry has
been postponed as the coronavirus pandemic grips the United States and
Britain, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

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Britain’s
Fury, who dethroned unbeaten WBC champion Wilder with a dominant
victory in seven rounds last month, had been due to defend his crown in
Las Vegas on July 18.

But
promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday the rematch had now been
rescheduled until October at the earliest because of the COVID-19
outbreak which has brought the sporting world to a standstill.

With
travel restrictions affecting both the US and Britain, and Las Vegas’
casinos shuttered, Arum said a postponement was the only sensible
option.

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“You
could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on
that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves,” Arum said.

“Where
were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have
to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets?

“It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.”

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has also banned all combat sports in the state, adding another complication.

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“Everybody
has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated,” Arum said. “It’s part
of what’s happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in
early October.”

Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in their first fight in Los Angeles in December 2018.

Fury
then shocked the boxing world by overwhelming Wilder with a dominant
performance in last month’s rematch, battering an out-of-sorts Wilder in
a one-sided victory.