Tyson Fury rejected second jab before catching Covid in lead up to Wilder fight

Tyson Fury chose not to get a second Covid vaccine as he feared the side effects would affect his preparations for his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

WBC heavyweight champion Fury was scheduled to fight Wilder in Las Vegas on 24 July.

It emerged last Friday however that the Briton had tested positive for Covid with his third meeting with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ now likely to be rescheduled for October.

Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has revealed the undefeated heavyweight is now ‘much better’ and confirmed the champion will have to be fully vaccinated before moving forward with the Wilder fight.

Arum claimed at a fight press conference on 15 June that both Fury and Wilder were fully vaccinated. Clarifying his comments to Boxing Scene, he explained he had hoped Fury had taken the Johnson & Johnson jab, which requires just one dose.

Fury had in fact taken Moderna which requires two doses.

Fearing possible side effects might possibly disrupt his preparations for the fight, ‘The Gypsy King’ opted against taken the second jab.

‘He’s fine with it,’ Arum said.

‘He got vaccinated in Miami. He got the first shot. And then he said he didn’t wanna get the second shot because he didn’t wanna get sick [from the vaccination] so close to the fight.

‘So, he got COVID instead.’

Fully vaccinated people can still contract Covid with the jabs typically preventing serious symptoms and hospitalisation. And Arum believes that even a fully vaccinated Fury would still have been unable to train adequately after catching the virus.

‘I don’t know if the second shot would’ve meant anything because you still can get Covid after getting the second shot,’ Arum said.

‘I don’t know if it would’ve made a difference, really. He still wouldn’t have been able to train with it.’

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