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Dillian Whyte has labelled Tyson Fury "a w****r and a disgrace to British boxing" after the Gypsy King was seen out of isolation following his recent positive test for COVID-19.
Fury was set to face Deontay Wilder in a highly anticipated trilogy bout later this month, scheduled for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The contest was set to take place almost a year-and-a-half on from Fury’s stunning seventh-round knockout of Wilder in their previous fight, and the Gypsy King was set to enter the trilogy clash as a heavy favourite.
However, on July 8 ESPN reported that multiple people in Fury’s camp had tested positive for COVID-19, including the current WBC heavyweight champion himself.
While it was suggested by Eddie Hearn that Whyte could step in as a replacement for Fury, the trilogy clash has now been rescheduled for October 9 with both heavyweight juggernauts set to return to training camp.
Despite his positive test, Fury has been seen out of isolation at the Royal Exotic Cars Shop in Las Vegas, and also took several photos with fans at a casino on July 14.
While it is unknown when the Gypsy King first tested positive for COVID-19, many have claimed he should still be in self-isolation, with fellow heavyweight Whyte the latest to criticise Fury’s behaviour.
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“Tyson Fury is a w****r and a disgrace to British boxing if he has caught Covid-19 and gone around Las Vegas mixing with fans after cancelling the Deontay Wilder fight,” claimed the Body Snatcher.
“He talks s**t because when you have Covid-19 you are sick and you have to quarantine and instead he is walking around smiling, mixing and taking photos with people.
“Either he has got it or he hasn't – they said his mate and sparring partner Joseph Parker had it and the next minute he's out at a UFC fight denying it.
“There are videos and photos of him out and about, happy as Larry, just like he was when the Anthony Joshua fight got cancelled.
“The biggest fight in British boxing history was cancelled and he was laughing and joking about it. It is exactly the same now the Wilder fight has been cancelled because of him apparently having Covid.
“Loads of boxers are using Covid as an excuse to pull-out of fights or as a back-up excuse if they lose. These guys are irresponsible if they are using Covid when it is killing people and devastating families all over the world.”
Since the fight was initially postponed, Fury has reportedly tested negative for COVID-19 and is set to return to the UK this month, before resuming his training camp in America later this year.
By the time Fury and Wilder meet again in the ring, it will have been nearly 20 months since their previous fight.
While ring rust didn’t seem to play a part when the Gypsy King met the Bronze Bomber in their first clash, it will be intriguing to see if the delay between fights plays a part in either man’s performance.
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