Heavyweight: Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to Fight on October 9

WBC heavyweight champion Fury had agreed to face American Wilder, 35, for the third time on July 24, but he tested positive for Covid-19 in May.
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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's third heavyweight world title fight has been rescheduled for October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

WBC heavyweight champion Fury had agreed to face American Wilder, 35, for the third time on July 24, but he tested positive for Covid-19 in May.

Fury, 32, was scheduled to face fellow Briton Anthony Joshua in a world heavyweight unification title fight in Saudi Arabia in August, but an American arbitrator ordered Fury to fight Wilder again.

Fury said:

“I want nothing more than to smash the ‘Big Dosser’ on July 24, but I guess the beating will have to wait. Make no mistake, I will be back and better than ever. We will fight October 9 and I will knock him spark out.”

The first brawl between Fury and Wilder ended in a thrilling draw in 2018, before Fury took the WBC title from Wilder 14 months later with a spectacular victory, ending the Alabama fighter's undefeated record. Fury is unbeaten in 31 fights, while Wilder has only one defeat in 44.

Wilder wore headphones and refused to take any questions when they went face to face at a press conference last month.

"Not only is Fury in for a shock, but the whole world is," Wilder told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.
"Of course, Fury [was more hurt]. I gave him concussion. Didn't you see his eyes go back in the back of his head?

"Even under the circumstances that I was under, he can't even knock me out. I was alive and well, still standing on my feet, so he has a lot to worry about. Not me. Like I said, the truth shall set you free. This is retaliation."

Fury was equally confident.
"I've got nothing personal against Wilder," he said.
"I don't care about belts, or that stuff being remembered. I care about smashing people.

"If Wilder is in front of me I will give him a good hiding. The motivation? It's what I was born to do.

"I'm not interested in money, belts or whatever comes with it. I'm interested in blood and the fight."