‘Again, he did it wrong and I’m the one being punished’: Deontay Wilder’s furious reaction to Tyson Fury’s positive Covid test – which led to their trilogy fight being postponed to October and America scrambling for the next opponent
- Wilder has reacted angrily to the postponement of his trilogy fight on July 24
- Fury tested positive for coronavirus two weeks away from his fight against Wilder
- The Gypsy King’s team initially denied the reports and hoped it would go ahead
- British boxer Dillian Whyte is ready to step in and fight Wilder, says Eddie Hearn
Deontay Wilder has reacted angrily after his highly anticipated trilogy fight against Tyson Fury was postponed because Fury tested positive for coronavirus.
Sports post reported yesterday that Fury vs. Wilder III is out following the Briton’s Covid-19 diagnosis, along with three members of his camp, meaning the match will likely be postponed to early October.
And The Athletic boxing writer Lance Pugmire tweeted that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ told his manager Shelly Finkel that he felt it was another problem caused by Fury.
Deontay Wilder has reacted angrily after his trilogy fight against Tyson Fury was postponed
The fight between Fury (right) and Wilder is canceled after the Gypsy King tested positive for Covid
And the ‘Bronze Bomber’ (right) told his manager Shelly Finkel (left) that he felt it was Fury’s fault
Pugmire’s tweet said: “After winning arbitration over @Tyson_Fury when the champ tried to fight @anthonyjoshua instead of finishing his trilogy, @BronzeBomber is beside himself after this delay.
“Again, he was wrong and I’m the one being punished,” Wilder told his manager Shelly Finkel.
The fight was initially set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip on July 24, about two weeks after the announcement that it would be postponed.
Fury, now WBC World Champion, hasn’t fought since beating Wilder in February 2020
Fury’s highly anticipated undisputed title fight against Anthony Joshua (right) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, scheduled for December, could now be further postponed if his fight against Wilder is affected
Fury had initially agreed to fight fellow Briton Anthony Joshua in a massive heavyweight clash for the undisputed championship, before Wilder successfully forced him to abandon those plans when a court arbitration ruled Wilder was entitled to a third fight. which meant Fury v Joshua was dropped.
This delay is shattering long-delayed plans for Fury and his world heavyweight title rival Joshua; a fallback date in October, also in Vegas, will rule out any chance of Fury taking on Joshua in a predicted showdown in Saudi Arabia in December.
Eddie Hearn responded to the news, claiming Dillian Whyte is ready to step in on July 24 24
The Gypsy King and AJ were set to finally meet in Riyadh in mid-winter, assuming Fury defeated Wilder and Joshua knocked off the mandatory title challenger, Oleksandr Usyk, at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in September, but fans will now fear that the collision is less likely to happen.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, responded to the news of Fury’s withdrawal on social media, stating that WBC interim title holder Dillian Whyte is ready to intervene at short notice to face the Bronze Bomber.
“I spoke to @DillianWhyte – he will fight at the end of August but he is ready to jump on July 24 against Wilder,” the Matchroom boxing chief tweeted.