Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder rematch 'clearly' being postponed

Ross Houston
March 26, 2020

Britain's unified champion had wanted to fight Fury by the end of the year, with all the world's heavyweight belts at stake, but the new WBC champion is contractually bound to face Wilder first and the coronavirus has delayed plans. for another fight in Las Vegas this summer.

Travel between the U.S. and Europe and since been restricted and the Nevada State Athletic Commission have called a halt to combat sports under their jurisdiction.

The planned date for the bout was July 18, likely back in Las Vegas, but as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow exponentially in the United States, even that date was far from safe. We can't give guarantees to boxers that fight will take place on the scheduled day. "We could not convince them or ourselves".

'Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense.

"So everybody has to take a step back". How are you going to sell tickets? Moreover, it's possible the fight could be pushed even later in the year, or even to the next, should the coronavirus pandemic cause a longer halt to sporting action across the globe than anticipated.

In their first two fights, a large contingent of vocal British fans packed the arenas to support Fury, known as the "Gypsy King".

Promoter, Arum claimed boxing to be no different from the rest of the world calling on everybody to take a step back. "Boxing is not isolated", Arum said.

With most of the sports world on hiatus because of the virus, Arum said the big-money rematch may have to wait until the fall. "So possibly the fight will be in early October".

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Arum told ESPN he's been working with Wilder's co-manager Al Haymon who agrees with the decision to postpone.

"Al and his people are in touch with us all the time on this", Arum said.

Joshua is due to put his world heavyweight titles on the line against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20. Fury and Wilder battled to a split draw in their first bout on December 1, 2018.

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