Tyson Fury’s promoter, Bob Arum, has said that the fighter hasn’t been adversely affected by getting Covid-19 and that the postponement of the fight against Deontay Wilder isn’t a problem. The bout was delayed after the British star contracted the virus in early summer, and it will now take place on 9 October in Las Vegas.
Arum said that he had spent a large amount of time with Fury after the Covid diagnosis, as well as after a court of arbitration decided to postpone the planned bout with Anthony Joshua. The promoter said that Fury seemed like he, ‘wasn’t affected by anything,’ and that, ‘Tyson had a great mentality and none of these issues have any effect.’
While such announcements will do plenty to calm the nerves of many Fury fans, there are still big questions about how such a shambles was allowed to happen. The blame game is well underway with many people pointing the finger at both Fury and Top Rank boxing promotions company.
Ultimately it was the lack of social distancing protocols in the Fury training camp which is thought to be the cause of the fighter getting the virus. With a complete lack of testing and a free-for-all in terms of who was admitted into the training facility, it seems that it was almost inevitable that Fury would get Covid.
The boxing promoter may have said that Fury wasn’t adversely affected by the virus, but the admission that the 32-year old suffered, ‘heavy breathing and congestion,’ suggests that anybody looking at the odds featured at the bookmakers at www.playersbest.com/ may be cautious about backing Fury.
The trilogy bout between Fury and Wilder should be the Fury’s for the taking. After all, the British fighter destroyed Wilder in February to claim the world champion title. It was a bruising bout for Wilder as the 35-year old hit the floor numerous times before his corner finally admitted defeat.
However, it’s anybody’s guess as to what kind of Fury we’ll see in Las Vegas this September. With an expected 20,000 fans in attendance, it could be a fiercely emotive bout that gives Fury a chance to shine. But with no indication of how the British star is truly recovering after his ordeal, it could be an uneasy start to the fight.
Big wait for the Joshua bout
While the return of a Fury versus Wilder fight will be fascinating, it will ultimately be the precursor to the hugely anticipated clash between Fury and Anthony Joshua. This fight for the undisputed title was called off when a court of arbitration said that Fury must face a rematch with Wilder.
Such is the anticipation of this showdown that Joshua even went on record as saying that he’d be willing to take on Fry without there being any world titles decided. The bout on 24 July between the WBC champion and Wilder was supposed to have been the fight of the year, but it’s anybody’s guess as to whether it will ever happen.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, admitted that it’s very unlikely that the fight will take place this year, and the rumours are that January or February 2022 are the most likely months where we’d see the clash between the two British fighters.
It’s important to note that there’s no certainty that both Joshua and Fury will make it to their planned showdown. Fury’s clash in October with Wilder could go either way, and there are no guarantees that Joshua will beat the Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in the same month.