There aren’t many fields or business sectors hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than the world of sports. In under three weeks, the NBA and NHL seasons have been suspended, the Olympics have been postponed and the Penn Relays were cancelled for the first time in their 126 year history. Beyond the surface level cancellations, businesses have lost money on advertisements and hourly event workers have been left to find work elsewhere. Adding on to the ongoing cancellations, it has become clear that the third title fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will take place on July 18, 2020.
Top Rank Chairman said on Tuesday that fight will “clearly not” take place in July as scheduled. “We don’t even know if the MGM will even be open by then,” he added.
The fight was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. However, casinos are currently closed. Furthermore, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has put a stop to all combat sports indefinitely.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves,” Arum said.
“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?” he asked.
Arum and Top Rank have not issued a potential date for the trilogy yet.