A new date for the heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been confirmed after their trilogy bout was postponed due to the ‘The Gypsy King’ testing positive for coronavirus.
Fury produced one of heavyweight boxing’s finest ever performances to destroy Wilder in February 2020 and become a world champion once again.
Fury dominated their Las Vegas rematch from the first bell, flooring his opponent several times before his corner threw in the towel.
Fury’s win led to calls for him to face off against fellow British superstar Anthony Joshua in a huge undisputed title clash.
After much debate, a date and venue for that era-defining fight was set but Wilder’s representatives took legal action to invoke a clause in his contract with Fury to secure a trilogy clash.
A date for their third clash was then made for this summer but that was put on hold with Fury sidelined due to COVID-19.
The fight has now been rearranged and here’s everything we know about the huge heavyweight clash…
Fury vs Wilder 3: Date and time
Fury was slated to fight Wilder for the third time on Saturday, July 24 but plans were put on hold for the trilogy fight.
‘The Gypsy King’ tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, July 8 and his clash with Wilder has now been rescheduled for Saturday, October 9.
It is still set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a full house of 20,000 fans in attendance.
The WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles will be on the line and the winner could then face Anthony Joshua in a huge unification bout in 2022.
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Fury vs Wilder 3: Undercard
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Tyson Fury (c) vs Deontay Wilder – For WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles
- Robert Helenius v Adam Kownacki
- Alberto Puello v Rances Barthelemy – for WBA Interim World Super Lightweight Title
- Efe Ajagba v Frank Sanchez- for WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title
- Jared Anderson v Vladimir Tereshkin
- Steven Torres v Justin Rolfe
Fury vs Wilder 3: What has been said?
Fury has spoken out about testing positive for COVID and being forced to postpone his trilogy bout with Wilder.
He said: “I’m the last person to blame.
“I don’t have a large entourage, unlike most world champions with all their a***-licking hangers-on.
“Since coming back into full-time camp I hadn’t been anywhere other than my new house here and the Top Rank gym. Nor had my team.
“The only people whose movements I couldn’t completely control were my sparring partners, who change.
“They came in and out of the bubble and everyone knows this town is full of COVID. I suspect we caught it from one of them.”
Regarding what he will do differently when starting to train again, Fury said: “There were only ten of us on the team this time.
“But when we go back into camp for a month in England and another month here I will cut us to just four full time.
“Me, my head trainer SugarHill Steward, his assistant Andy Lee and my old pal Tim who organises my life.
“We will strictly control the access for sparring partners and increase testing.
“No masseur. No fitness coach. No dietician. Even my two brothers will have to wait to join me until fight week here in Vegas.
“I’ve suffered enough frustration on this roller-coaster. I don’t need more.
“Any more than I would have risked anyone else’s health by coming early out of quarantine.”
Fury vs Wilder 3: Tale of the tape
Fury – Wilder
Nationality: British – American
Age: 32 – 35
Height: 6ft 9 – 6ft 7
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 85in – 83in
Record: 30-0-1 – 42-1-1
KOs: 21 – 41
Rounds: 193 – 150
Debut: 12/8/2013 – 22/10/2009
Nickname: Gypsy King – Bronze Bomber