Boxing: Fury vs. Wilder 3 postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 26, 2020 04:22 PM
Tyson Fury, left, of England, lands a left to Deontay Wilder during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
The third installment between of the heavyweight boxing rivalry between "The Gypsy King" Tyson Fury and "The Bronze Bomber" Deontay Wilder is the latest casualty in the COVID-19 Pandemic's rampage on sporting events.
Originally scheduled for July 18th at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Fury-Wilder 3 has been postponed, said Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum, via ESPN's Dan Rafael.
"Clearly not. We don't even know if the MGM will even be open by then," said Arum.
This comes after Top Rank Promotions decided to indefinitely postpone their slate of events for March and April, including a highly-anticipated bantamweight bout between titleholders John Riel Casimero of the Philippines and Naoya Inoue of Japan, wherein three of the big four world titles are up for grabs.
Casimero however, is confident that the fight will push through this coming May.
Arum added that while July is still a handful of months away, the uncertainty of the current situation as well as the time needed to prepare was a big part in deciding to move the bout to a later date.
"You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn't convince them or ourselves," Arum stated. "Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back.
With the world seemingly on lockdown at the moment, international travel was also a concern, since Britain's Fury had thousands of British fans in attendance for the rematch back February 22nd.
"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," Arum added.
Top Rank's head honcho did give a projected date of when he hopes the fight to push through.
"So everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It's part of what's happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October," Arum said.