Tyson Fury took to social media on Wednesday to release his first statement since the postponement of his third bout with Deontay Wilder. Unfortunately, the statement wasn’t regarding the trilogy and instead came in the form of a message of thanks for his recent ESPY award.
Fury was set to defend his WBC heavyweight title on 24th July in Las Vegas against Wilder after contractual obligations forced a third fight. However, two weeks prior to the scheduled date, reports began circulating that a COVID-19 outbreak had infiltrated Fury’s camp. This news was followed up with further reports that Fury was amongst those to test positive for COVID-19 and that the fight would be postponed as a result.
Controversy struck immediately after the news was dropped, when Fury’s promoter Bob Arum revealed that ‘The Gypsy King’ had refused his second COVID jab over fears it would make him ill during the lead up to the fight. “He got vaccinated in Miami. He got the first shot. And then he said he didn’t wanna get the second shot because he didn’t wanna get sick [from the vaccination] so close to the fight. So, he got COVID instead.”
Sources suggest that nine people in Fury’s camp had returned positive tests, including assistant trainer Andy Lee, featherweight Isaac Lowe and former WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (Parker has since denied his positive status). The third fight between the pair is now expected to be postponed until 9th October, although this date will require an amended ruling from the arbitration judge Daniel Weinstein who had deemed that the third fight must take place before 15th September.
Since these reports were released both Fury and Wilder had remained silent on social media, that was until last night when Tyson Fury released the following statement: “Hey there, this is Tyson Fury, aka. ‘The Gypsy King’. I’d just like to thank everybody who voted for me for this years ESPY award, ESPN award. Thank you to everyone at ESPN, thank you to everybody in sports that voted for me to be the best boxer of the year. Real, real, real honour, thank you very much, all the best, god bless.”
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