Tyson Fury reveals he will not get his second Covid jab until AFTER his Deontay Wilder fight on October 9 because he doesn’t want to ‘take risks’ – and says the ‘bulls***’ around vaccination is confusing
- Tyson Fury will not get a second Covid-19 jab until after his Deontay Wilder fight
- The Gypsy King takes on the Bronze Bomber in a trilogy fight on October 9
- Fury had to postpone his original Wilder clash on July 24 after contracting Covid
- The Morecambe-born boxer does not want to take risks before the trilogy bout
- The 33-year-old is in support of the vaccine and has urged the public to get it
Tyson Fury has revealed he will not be getting his second coronavirus jab until after his planned fight with Deontay Wilder on October 9 as he doesn’t want to ‘take risks’ with his performance.
The Gypsy King had to postpone his original July 24 trilogy fight with American rival Wilder after he tested positive for Covid-19 following an outbreak in his camp – and it emerged after the fight that he turned down his second vaccine due to concerns about getting regular sickness from the jab.
Fury, 33, had his first jab over the summer but has claimed he does not want to risk his career and his family’s earnings by taking the vaccine ahead of next month’s crucial fight.
‘You never can tell,’ Fury said about the impact of the vaccine. ‘There’s so much bulls*** with all this, stories that go around, you never know what’s the truth and what’s not. So, I’m not in the risk-taking game.
Tyson Fury says he is delaying getting his second Covid-19 vaccine until after October 9
Fury (right) does not want to jeopardise his October 9 trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder (left)
‘I’m in a serious, life-threatening job, where you can get your lights knocked out with one punch. And if (a second dose) was to affect me in any way, then I’d never live with myself before a big fight.
‘But when the fight’s over, and it hasn’t affected me, I’ll have time to recover from it all. But I wouldn’t go now and have myninjection, not knowing what’s gonna happen next week, because I’ve got much business on.
‘And it not only would affect my career, but affect my family’s future earnings and taking food out of my family’s mouth.
The 33-year-old had to delay his July 24 fight after he tested positive for the virus himself
‘So, when the boxing’s over in the minute, I can go and get my vaccine, second shot, and we’ll see how we go from there. But yeah, for now, I’m just gonna stick with one until after the fight.’
Fury is not contractually obliged to have a second vaccine in order to take part in the fight, but is still fully committed on having the vaccine and has urged the general public to have the procedure.
‘It’s killed a lot of people in the world and if the vaccine helps, then get it done, you know?’ he added. ‘I had my first vaccine back in I think July or June in Miami. And I was supposed to go back and have another one after the Wilder fight.
‘But I ended up getting COVID and flew back home (to England) after 10 days. And I’ll be having my vaccine, the second shot, after the Wilder fight.’
Fury (left) sparked anger from the boxing community by appearing in a Las Vegas casino just a few days after testing positive for Covid-19
News of the Morecambe-born boxer testing positive for coronavirus came to light just two weeks before the planned July 24 fight in Las Vegas.
The 33-year-old then sparked anger from the boxing community after he was spotted at Royal Exotic Cars Shop in Vegas, then a casino just a few days after the fight was called off.
Critics claimed Fury should have been self-isolating after testing positive for the virus just a week before his public appearances, though it is not known when Fury first tested positive for the illness.
Wilder, meanwhile, reacted with anger to Fury’s coronavirus diagnosis, telling his manager Shelly Finkel: ‘Again now, he did wrong and I’m the one being penalised.’
Fury (left) needs to beat Wilder (right) on October 9 to help set up an Anthony Joshua fight
The outcome of Fury’s fight with Wilder is vitally important for the future of British boxing as reports emerged this week that the Gypsy King will take on Anthony Joshua next year should he defeat the Bronze Bomber.
Joshua has an autumn bout to overcome himself, with the Watford-born boxer taking on Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in London on September 26.
Fury was initially penned in to take on Joshua in a two-fight deal this year, but an arbitration judge told the Gypsy King that he was contractually obliged to take on Wilder in a trilogy bout first.
The 33-year-old has faced Wilder twice before – the first bout ending in a controversial draw, before Fury dominated the American in February 2020.