Tyson Fury (R) punches Deontay Wilder throughout their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Backyard Area in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Pictures/AFP
The third battle in Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight rivalry has been postponed because the coronavirus pandemic grips america and Britain, ESPN reported on Tuesday.
Britain’s Fury, who dethroned unbeaten WBC champion Wilder with a dominant victory in seven rounds final month, had been attributable to defend his crown in Las Vegas on July 18.
However promoter Bob Arum instructed ESPN on Tuesday the rematch had now been rescheduled till October on the earliest due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has introduced the sporting world to a standstill.
With journey restrictions affecting each the US and Britain, and Las Vegas’ casinos shuttered, Arum mentioned a postponement was the one smart possibility.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves,” Arum mentioned.
“The place had been they going to coach for it? It simply made no sense. You simply must take a step again. How are you going to promote tickets?
“It’s completely ridiculous to say the battle is on when the Brits can’t even get there.”
The Nevada State Athletic Fee has additionally banned all fight sports activities within the state, including one other complication.
“Everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated,” Arum mentioned. “It’s part of what’s happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October.”
Fury and Wilder fought to an exciting draw of their first battle in Los Angeles in December 2018.
Fury then shocked the boxing world by overwhelming Wilder with a dominant efficiency in final month’s rematch, battering an out-of-sorts Wilder in a one-sided victory.