English boxer Tyson Fury has tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the postponement of his fight against Deontay Wilder, which was scheduled for July 24 in Las Vegas.
ESPN learned Thursday night that the third duel between the two major rivals will take place later in the year.
Fury, 32, won’t be the only one in his camp to be diagnosed. He is now expected to return to England before returning to the United States to set up a new training camp there in due course.
The “King of Gypsy” and his American opponent have already faced each other twice in highly anticipated battles. The first duel, which took place in December 2018, ended with a controversial invalid ruling. Fury won his second head-to-head match in February 2020 after Wilder’s coach threw in the towel.
The 35-year-old American took advantage of his right to a third duel included in his contract. However, the epidemic prevented from happening. Fury has since had plans for August with fellow countryman Anthony Joshua, but an independent referee ruled in Wilder’s favour.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) have not returned to the ring since their last shock.
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