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Tyson Fury rejected second vaccine before catching Covid as he feared the side effect would make him weak

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Tyson Fury rejected his second coronavirus vaccine dose as he feared the side effects would make him too ill to fight Deontay Wilder.

But the WBC world heavyweight champion will have the second shot now, after catching COVID-19 last week.

Fury’s positive test means his trilogy fight with Wilder had to be postponed from its scheduled date of Saturday 24 July.

The Brit’s US promoter, Bob Arum, hopes the bout will be rearranged for 9 October with the venue, Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, unchanged.

Arum also confirmed Fury turned down his second vaccine dose because he did not want to risk falling ill just weeks before his third meeting with the Bronze Bomber.

“He’s fine with it,” Arum told BoxingScene.com of Fury having his second shot. “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.”

Arum claimed Fury was fully vaccinated during a press conference in mid-June, but he admits he was mistaken due to a mix-up over the vaccine the Gypsy King received.

Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

The Top Rank boss added: “I knew he had one shot, and I was hoping it was Johnson & Johnson. But it wasn’t. It was Moderna.”

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is deemed fully effective after one shot, whereas Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca require a second dose.

Nonetheless, Arum doubts whether a second jab would have prevented Fury from catching coronavirus, as fully-vaccinated people can still contract the disease.

While vaccines reduce the spread somewhat, their main purpose is to prevent people with coronavirus from falling seriously ill or requiring hospitalisation, which they are very effective in doing.

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

Deontay Wilder is preparing for a third fight with Tyson Fury

“His spirits were OK,” said Arum. “He had congestion in his chest [last Thursday]. But as of [Monday] morning, he seems much better.”

Fury was not the only member of his camp to test positive for coronavirus, with up to 10 members of his training posse catching Covid-19.

The 32-year-old is expected to return to the UK for a few weeks before returning to Las Vegas to resume training for his heavyweight title clash with American rival Wilder.

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