A new date has been selected for the upcoming trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder with the heavyweights now expected to clash on Oct. 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight was originally scheduled on July 24 but Fury tested positive for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the event, which forced the promoters to reschedule the matchup. ESPN first reported the new date for the upcoming fight.
Fury and several people from his camp were dealing with the same issue after there was reportedly a COVID-19 outbreak with his team. Now the fight will take place in October instead as Fury seeks a second consecutive win over Wilder after stopping the American in the seventh round in their previous meeting.
“I wanted nothing more than to smash the ‘Big Dosser’ on July 24, but I guess the beating will have to wait,” Fury said. “Make no mistake, I will be back and better than ever. We will fight Oct. 9, and I will knock him spark out!”
The fight between Fury and Wilder came together under contentious conditions after “The Gypsy King” was already deep in negotiations for a fight against fellow British slugger Anthony Joshua.
The only problem was Wilder had an automatic rematch clause in his contract from his last fight against Fury and he opted to exercise his right to another bout right away as opposed to waiting for a later date.
The first meeting between them ended in a draw after Fury largely dominated the 12-round affair but Wilder put him on the canvas in a pair of vicious knockdowns that nearly ended the fight. Still, Fury survived to the final bell and the result was a split draw.
The rematch was a lopsided win for Fury after he battered Wilder with punches from the very first second until the fight ended in the seventh round.
Now Wilder will attempt to avenge his only professional loss when he faces Fury for the third time in October.