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Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III Could be Postponed Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

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A COVID-19 outbreak within Tyson Fury’s team could postpone his heavyweight championship fight against Deontay Wilder, ESPN reported Thursday.

The outlet reported it is “likely” the matchup—originally scheduled for July 24—will be postponed until September.

“We continue to monitor the health status of Tyson and his team and the status of the event has not changed to date,” Top Rank Boxing said in a statement Thursday.

The bout is slated to be the third contest between the fighters.

Their first meeting came in 2018 and resulted in a draw, with one judge ruling for Wilder, another for Fury, and another an even 113-113. Most experts believed Fury won that bout.

Their second fight from early 2020 was a resounding Fury victory after he left his opponent wobbly and out-of-sorts following two knockdowns. Wilder’s corner threw in the towel midway through the seventh round.

After that commanding victory, Fury had his sights set on a bout with fellow countryman Anthony Joshua to crown an undisputed champion, and even scheduled a date in August for the fight to take place.

But, in May, an independent arbitrator ruled that Wilder had a contractual claim to a third fight against Fury which had not been met. The July date was then promptly scheduled.

Representatives from PointsBet and BetMGM have not yet responded to requests for comment made by The Action Network regarding what the potential postponement would do to outstanding bets.

The Action Network posed questions regarding whether the bets would be voided completely or if wagers would remaining pending as long as the fight happens before a certain date. The Action Network also inquired as to whether there was a specific “fight by” date.

This story will be updated once a response is provided.

Fury-Wilder III is still available to bet on at all major American sportsbooks as of Thursday morning.

At DraftKings, Fury is a -335 favorite to win, with Wilder the +225 underdog. Fury has better odds at BetMGM at -275 while Wilder is still +225 there. At PointsBet, Fury is a -304 favorite. Wilder is +230 at PB.

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