Breaking News: COVID-19 outbreak in Tyson Fury’s camp threatens to postpone Fury Vs Wilder 3 in Las Vegas this month
By Cassandra Cousineau from LVSportsBiz.com
The much-publicized Tyson Fury heavyweight championship trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder slated for later this month in Las Vegas is at risk due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Camp Fury.
Scheduled for July 24 at T-Mobile Arena, the Fury / Wilder PPV event was also set to feature three additional heavyweight fights, including an undefeated hopeful encounter with Cuban Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs) meeting Nigerian Efe Ajagba (12 KO).
Top Rank founder Bob Arum said the promotion is monitoring the situation and has yet to make a decision.
“We have the doctors who check everyone. A few guys have caught COVID. We are assessing the situation. There may be a postponement. It may be July 24. I don’t know yet, ”Arum said.
At stake are millions of dollars in revenue at the door, for hotels and for boxers’ bank accounts. The gate of the second Fury / Wilder fight generated $ 16,916,440, which is Nevada’s record for a heavyweight title fight. The pay-per-view, priced at $ 79.99, secured nearly 900,000 purchases.
Fury, the WBC champion and Ring Magazine Lineal, was due to fight fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion, after a year-long negotiation. Shortly after the two teams finally achieved a breakthrough – an American judge ruled Wilder was entitled to a third fight with Fury.
Wilder accused his own coach and Fury of cheating and sabotaging the second meeting on February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Wilder recently reiterated those claims suggesting he put an egg weight in his gloves, and pointed out that he believed Fury would try to cheat in their third fight – if that stood in light of this epidemic of COVID.
“Do you think he’s not going to try to cheat this time?”
If Fury / Wilder 3 is postponed, it will be the second major money-making event for Top Rank that will need to be moved due to COVID this year. Teofimo Lopez, the unified lightweight champion, tested positive for the virus days before his June 19 title defense against George Kambosos. Lopez, a signed Top Rank fighter, was expected to earn at least $ 3 million from Triller before purchasing PPV. The fight has not yet been rescheduled.
Fury, known as “The Gypsy King,” trained at a gym in Las Vegas alongside SugarHill Steward and Jorge Capetillo. Nevada saw the largest increase in the average number of hospitalizations, which had risen nearly 62% in the previous two weeks, to 441. The COVID-19 test positivity rate jumped to 8.7% in Nevada. Clark County reported more than 1,300 cases over the July 4th holiday weekend.
Arum told ESPN: “As far as I know (Fury) doesn’t have it.”