After a COVID outbreak in Tyson Fury’s camp forced a postponement of his scheduled rematch with Deontay Wilder, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum explains to WBN how this whole situation came to be after he himself told the world the Fury was fully vaccinated and ready to get straight to business.
Arum begins by saying Fury got a first dose of the COVID vaccine while he was in Miami and decided against getting the second shot a couple weeks later after hearing stories about many people getting sick from the second dose, as Fury didn’t want to lose any time in training camp. Arum makes it clear, however, that he wasn’t aware that Fury opted out of getting the second dose of the vaccine.
“They told me he was vaccinated. I assumed it was two shots. Who gets vaccinated and doesn’t (get he second shot)? He only had one shot.
“I never knew that he hadn’t (gotten the second one) until he got sick. I really screamed at all of them. It was a complete f— up. The people in the gym, I mean, we had no controls. It was like every sparring partner brought his friend, other corner people. (Trainer) SugarHill (Steward) had these Russians (he trains) running around. There was absolutely no precaution taken, which a lot of it was our fault. We should have been the adult in the room.”
The COVID outbreak in Fury’s camp forced the July 24th Wilder fight to be punted to October 9th and Fury has now made his way back to England in order to be with his expecting wife before he resumes his training. But when Fury returns to Las Vegas for camp Arum says Top Rank will take strict action to ensure they keep things under control, saying they will not allow anyone to enter their gym without first passing a COVID test.
At this point in time Arum was directly asked whether or not Fury ever did get his second vaccination shot, to which Arum responded by saying he has no idea. Hopefully, though, we can get this third fight between Fury and Wilder done without any further delays.