Tyson Fury says: ‘I’m the last person to blame’ causing postponement of Deontay Wilder fight

By Boxing News - 07/22/2021 - Comments

By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury maintains that he shouldn’t be the one that was blamed for his July 24th trilogy match with Deontay Wilder being postponed due to him coming down with Covid-19.

According to Fury, it was his sparring partners that led to him getting sick.

Although Fury doesn’t come out and say it, it sounds like he’s blaming the sparring partners.

The Fury vs. Wilder III fight has been rescheduled for October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It would have been refreshing if Fury had confessed to the fans that he had royally blown it rather than blaming his sparring partners for the fight being postponed.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) believes he caught the Covid from one of his sparring partners that drifted into his training camp, and he couldn’t control that.

What WBC heavyweight Fury didn’t say is why he chose only to get one vaccine shot to protect against COVID-19 rather than returning for the second shot.

Who takes the blame for Fury choosing NOT to get his second shot? Was that his team’s fault that Fury chose not to get a second shot?

Curiously, Fury doesn’t view himself as the one who ultimately dropped the ball by failing to get the second shot he needed.

Tyson says he shouldn’t be blamed for the postponement

“I’m the last person to blame,” said Fury to the Daily Mail about him getting ill with Covid. ‘I don’t have a large entourage.

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“The only people whose movements I couldn’t completely control were my sparring partners, who change. Everyone knows this town is full of Covid. I suspect we caught it from one of them,” said Fury about his theory that he was infected by one of his sparring partners.

Again, this comes down on Fury’s shoulders that he contracted Covid-19 because he failed to get his second vaccine shot.

Had Fury done that, it wouldn’t have mattered if one of his sparring partners came to camp ill with Covid.

Fury’s team should have had their sparring partners tested daily to ensure they weren’t walking around with the dangerous flu.

When you got the kind of money that Fury has with his $30 million fortune, would it have been hard to have his sparring partners tested and housed during the duration of the camp in the bubble?

Fury denies poor ticket sales for the Wilder trilogy

“Deontay and I set a new record for gate revenue for a heavyweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden in our second fight,” said Fury in addressing rumors of low ticket sales for the postponed July 24th fight with Wilder.

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“We were on the way to doing it again for the T-Mobile Arena, having already sold close to 15,000 of the 19,000 tickets with none of the most expensive ringside seats left.’

“At 36, he’s too old to have improved much at all in that time,” said Fury about Wilder.

So, Fury saying Wilder can’t learn how to improve? Well, that’s not saying much about Wilder if Fury thinks that he’s incapable of learning from the mistakes he made last time.

There’s not much Wilder needs to change for him to win the third fight. Wilder needs to stay off the ropes for starters to prevent Fury from using his 40+ lb weight advantage. Secondly, Team Wilder must alert the referee in the dressing room to watch for Fury’s fouling, which he did a lot of last time.

If nothing else, if the referee prevents Fury from throwing rabbit punches. Wilder has a better than even chance of winning. That was the key to Fury’s win last time he fought Wilder. He was nailing him with rabbit shots from the word go.

Eddie Hearn says his source has told him that the ticket sales were poor for the Fury vs. Wilder 3 fight.  At the time that fight was postponed, approximately only 30% of tickets had been sold with two weeks to go, said Hearn.