ESPN reported on Tuesday that the third battle for the heavyweight between Tyson Fury and Dontay Wilder has been postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic that hit the United States and Britain.
The British Tyson Fury that defeated the unbeaten WBC champion Dontay Wilder in seven rounds last month has been due to defend his crown in Las Vegas on July 18.
But promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday that the rematch due to a standstill in the sporting world caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 has been postponed to October at the earliest.
With the travel restrictions affecting the United States and Britain and the closure of Las Vegas casinos, Arum said the move was the only sensible option.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves,” Arum said.
“Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets?
“It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has also banned all combat sports in the state, adding another complication.
“Everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated,” Arum said. “It’s part of what’s happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October.”
Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in their first fight in Los Angeles in December 2018.
Fury then shocked the boxing world by overwhelming Wilder with a dominant performance in last month’s rematch, battering an out-of-sorts Wilder in a one-sided victory.