According to Bob Arum, we aren’t going to see Tyson Fury fight Deontay Wilder on their scheduled date of July 18.
It seems the trilogy fight between the two heavyweight rivals will, like so many other sports around the world, be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and instead could take place later this year. ESPN first reported the news.
“Clearly not,” Arum said to ESPN regarding the fight continuing on as planned. “We don’t even know if the MGM will even be open by then.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves. “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.”
According to Arum, the bout will likely take place three months late, depending entirely on how the world is progressing with COVID-19 at that time.
“So everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It’s part of what’s happening in the world,” Arum said. “So possibly the fight will be in early October.”