Deontay Wilder’s right hand isn’t the only shot Tyson Fury has prepared to avoid while winding down training camp for their third fight.
The unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion informed BoxingScene.com on Wednesday that he has not received his second shot to become fully vaccinated in the fight against COVID-19. Fury confirmed he had one shot either in “July or June,” but he stated that he won’t get his second shot until after his third showdown with Wilder on October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fury didn’t specify whether he took one shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. He decided before their third fight was postponed early in July, however, that he would wait until his third fight with Wilder ends to get his second shot.
Fury admitted during his aforementioned interview with BoxingScene.com that he is reluctant to get his second shot while training because he isn’t sure how the potential side effects would impact his preparation for their high-stakes, pay-per-view event.
“You never can tell,” Fury said. “There’s so much bullsh!t 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. I’m in a serious, life-threatening job, where you can get your lights knocked out with one punch. And if [a second shot] was to affect me in any way, then I’d never live with me self before a big fight. But when the fight’s over, and it haven’t affected me, I’ll have time to recover from it all. But I wouldn’t go now and have me injection, 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 me family’s mouth. So, when the boxing’s over in the minute, I can go and get me 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 has contracted COVID-19 twice, once in 2020 and again in July. He stressed Wednesday that his first bout with the coronavirus was worse than his second illness.
The 33-year-old Fury wasn’t contractually obligated to get fully vaccinated in order to move forward with the rescheduled third showdown with Wilder. The Manchester native has accepted the rationale for getting his second shot, though.
“It’s killed a lot of people in the world” Fury said, “and if the vaccine helps, then get it done, you know? I had me 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.”
Earlier Wednesday, Wilder explained during a Zoom conference call his decision to get fully vaccinated before he began training for a third Fury fight that was supposed to take place July 24 at T-Mobile Arena. Wilder also acknowledged that it’d be difficult to force other boxers to get vaccinated.
“Well, you can’t tell grown people what to do,” Wilder replied to question posed by BoxingScene.com. “You know, it’s hard to try to. I can only say that what’s going in the world and what we’re going through with it, it’s something new to us all, all around the world. And a lot of people are frightened [of] what they have heard, or what’s been going on. So, you know, for me, we thought it would a great idea for us, my whole team, just to get vaccinated, just in case. You know, it’s always a just-in-case factor. As you can see, my fight was already postponed once again due to, you know, the claims of this situation. But we just thought it would be a great idea.
“Because I heard a lot of things, but I trust the people that I’m around. I trust my doctor and my doctor was really the one that was really was able to really just calm me down in that situation and be like, ‘All right, we’re gonna get it,’ and everybody around me to get it, so it won’t be no mishaps, no miscommunication or nothing, no excuses about, you know, ‘We caught the COVID,’ or anything like that. So, you know, for me, my advice to all other fighters, if you’re comfortable with it, go do it. Get it done, you know? And if you’re not, then, you know, you take your own, your judgments on that.”
England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) is listed by Caesars Sportsbook as a 3-1 favorite to beat Alabama’s Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in their ESPN/FOX Sports Pay-Per-View main event two weeks from Saturday night.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.