Tyson Fury’s trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder will be pushed back to the Autumn, according to Bob Arum.
Arum, who is Fury’s co-promoter in the US alongside Frank Warren, said there is no chance the third bout between the pair will go ahead on July 18 as planned due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Gypsy King beat Wilder in February to claim the WBC heavyweight title after their first fight in 2018 had ended in a controversial draw.
The Bronze Bomber activated a rematch clause in his contract to fight Fury for a third time, with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas scheduled in as the host venue once again this summer.
But when asked if the bout would take place on July 18, Arum told ESPN: “Clearly not. 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.
“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.”
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