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Fury-Wilder rematch put back due to pandemic

The third fight in the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder heavyweight rivalry has been postponed as the coronavirus pandemic grips the United States and Britain, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

Britain’s Fury, who dethroned unbeaten WBC champion Wilder with a dominant victory in seven rounds last month, had been due to defend his crown in Las Vegas on July 18. But promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday the rematch had now been rescheduled until October at the earliest because of the COVID-19 outbreak which has brought the sporting world to a standstill. With travel restrictions affecting both the US and Britain, and Las Vegas’ casinos shuttered, Arum said a postponement 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. It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.” Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in their first fight in Los Angeles in December 2018. Fury then produced a shock by overwhelming Wilder with a dominant performance in last month’s rematch, battering the American in a one-sided victory.


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