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Fury-Wilder heavyweight fight postponed

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Fury handed Wilder a brutal beating in seven one-sided rounds in their second fight in February 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

Tyson Fury’s heavyweight title defence against Deontay Wilder has been postponed after the champion and members of his camp contracted Covid-19, the World Boxing Council (WBC) confirmed on Friday (July 9).

In a brief post on Twitter, the WBC confirmed the July 24 bout had been postponed but did not say when the trilogy fight would be rescheduled.

“Fury vs Wilder III will be postponed,” the WBC said.

“We wish Tyson Fury’s team and him speedy recovery from Covid.”

Multiple reports in the US and Britain have said Fury and several members of his team had tested positive for Covid-19 at their Las Vegas training base.

ESPN reported that the fight at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena had been tentatively rescheduled for Oct 9.

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The positive test was the latest twist to what has been a tortuous year for Fury.

The undefeated “Gypsy King” had been set to face a money-spinning heavyweight unification fight against fellow Briton Anthony Joshua.

However that fight was scuppered after an arbitrator ruled that Fury was legally obligated to face Wilder in a third fight.

Fury handed Wilder a brutal beating in seven one-sided rounds in their second fight in February 2020.

Their first fight, in December 2018, ended in a controversial split-decision draw in which Fury was knocked down twice.

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Neither Wilder, 35, nor Fury, has fought since their bout in Las Vegas last year.

-AFP

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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