Fury-Wilder III set to be postponed

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Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is believed to have tested positive for COVID-19, with his third bout against Deontay Wilder now likely to be postponed.

Promoters of the lucrative heavyweight trilogy are said to be finalising a new date for one of the most anticipated heavyweight bouts, according to sources.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) were scheduled to meet on July 24 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to complete their series of entertaining fights.

Fury, the English champion considered the best pound-for-pound heavyweight in the world, tested positive along with several members of his camp.

He was already in the US to complete his final preparations for the bout, but is likely to return home to regroup.

The combat sports calendar is crowded for much of August and September, meaning Fury-Wilder III is likely to happen in October.

Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. Although Fury largely outboxed his powerful American challenger, Wilder knocked down Fury twice to split the scorecards.

Fury then trounced Wilder in their rematch in Vegas in February 2020, knocking down Wilder twice and finally forcing Wilder's corner to stop the bout.

Wilder exercised the rematch clause in his contract even after Fury's emphatic victory, and after an arbitration judge ruled in Wilder's favour, Fury resignedly agreed to the matchup instead of a much-anticipated unification showdown with fellow British champion Anthony Joshua.

Although he demanded the bout, Wilder has been acting erratically in the months leading up to it.

Along with changing trainers, Wilder has made a variety of wild accusations against nearly everyone involved in his first career defeat - and when the promoters held a news conference for the trilogy fight in Los Angeles last month, Wilder inexplicably refused to speak.

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