Bob Arum lambasted the organization of Tyson Fury’s training camp ahead of his planned fight against Deontay Wilder after the “Gypsy King” contracted COVID-19.
Legendary promoter Arum was devastated to learn that there were no coronavirus restrictions in place for Fury’s camp before the Briton contracted the virus.
As a result, the scheduled July 24 date was canceled, with October 9 being the revamped date for the WBC Heavyweight Trilogy Fight.
Fury is adamant that the spread of the disease happened thanks to the introduction of training partners into the group, but Arum (who believed Fury was fully vaccinated) completely infiltrated the camp organization.
“He said he got the first blow when he was in Miami and then had to wait the two weeks,” Arum said. News from the boxing world.
“He didn’t want to get the second shot because he had heard people react to a second shot and he didn’t want to waste practice time.
“They told me he was vaccinated. I assumed it was two hits. Who gets vaccinated and does not (receives the second injection)? He only had one hit. I never knew he hadn’t (got the second one) until he got sick.
“I really yelled at them. It was a complete mess.
“The people in the gym, I mean, we had no control. It was as if each training partner brought their friend. SugarHill (Steward) made these Russians run (he is training).
“There was absolutely no precaution taken, which was largely our fault.
“We should have been the adult in the room.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua insisted he would be “100%” open to taking on his British rival Fury even if none of the fighters had a belt to his name.
The epic battle of the British was due to take place in August, but a legal issue at Wilder’s camp forced Fury to agree to a rematch, with Joshua now preparing to face Oleksandr Usyk in September.
If Fury and Joshua both came out of their fights with their belts intact, negotiations would have to start over with a unification showdown.
But AJ says he would want the fight anyway, whether he still has his titles or not.
“Without the belts?” I’m writing that down, ”he told Gary Neville on The Overlap.
“That’s what I’m talking about. We will fight, 100%, do it.