Tyson Fury rejected second vaccine before catching Covid to force fight delay

Tyson Fury has rejected his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine because he feared the side effects would make him too sick to fight Deontay Wilder.

But the WBC heavyweight world champion will have the second shot now, after catching COVID-19 last week.

Fury’s test positive means his trilogy fight with Wilder had to be postponed from his scheduled date of Saturday, July 24.

The Briton’s US promoter Bob Arum is hoping the fight will be revamped for October 9 with the venue, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, unchanged.

Arum also confirmed that Fury turned down his second shot of the vaccine because he didn’t want to risk falling ill just weeks before his third encounter with the Bronze Bomber.



Fury beat Wilder with an overwhelming TKO in February 2020, but the pair's third fight has been postponed
Fury beat Wilder with an overwhelming TKO in February 2020, but the pair’s third fight has been postponed

“He’s fine with that,” Arum said. BoxingScene.com of Fury having his second shot. “He got the shot in Miami. He got the first shot.

“And then he said he didn’t want to have the second stroke because he didn’t want to get sick [from the vaccination] so close to the fight. So he got COVID instead. “

Arum claimed Fury was fully vaccinated at a press conference in mid-June, but admits he got it wrong due to confusion over the vaccine Gypsy King received.

The Top Rank boss added, “I knew he only had one chance, and I was hoping it was Johnson & Johnson. But it wasn’t. It was Moderna.”

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is known to be fully effective after one injection, while Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca require a second dose.

Nonetheless, Arum doubts that a second stroke would have prevented Fury from catching coronavirus, as fully vaccinated people can still contract the disease.

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Although vaccines do reduce the spread somewhat, their main purpose is to prevent people with coronavirus from becoming seriously ill or requiring hospitalization, which they do very effectively.

“I don’t know if the second hit would have meant anything because you can still catch COVID after receiving the second hit,” Arum said.

“I don’t know if it would have made a difference, really. He still couldn’t have trained with it.”

The Hall of Fame promoter also provided an encouraging update on Fury’s condition, saying he “looks a lot better.”

“His spirits were fine,” Arum said. “He had congestion in his chest [last Thursday]. But from [Monday] morning he looks much better. “

Fury wasn’t the only member of his camp to test positive for the coronavirus, with up to 10 members of his training group catching Covid-19.

The 32-year-old is expected to return to the UK for a few weeks before returning to Las Vegas to resume training for his heavyweight title clash with US rival Wilder.

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