DEONTAY WILDER’S fiancee Telli Swift claims Tyson Fury is buying time by delaying his trilogy fight with the Bronze Bomber.
Fury has reportedly been suffering from Covid-19 but Swift has questioned the diagnosis – believing the fight should’ve gone ahead in July as planned.
Speaking to TMZ, Telli said: “I just feel like with Covid and you have 16 days until the fight, he should still be able to fight and make it happen.
“I don’t think that he’s ready. I think he’s buying time, and I just feel like he feels Deontay is at the best looking-wise.”
Wilder is continuing to train ahead of the eagerly-anticipated bout and recently showed a glimpse of his power and speed in a social media video.
The 35-year-old’s coach Malik Scott has backed Wilder to knock the Gypsy King out – claiming the undefeated star is ‘vulnerable’.
News of a Covid outbreak in Fury’s training camp broke earlier this month, delaying the bout until October 9.
The trilogy fight between Wilder and the British heavyweight was initially scheduled for July 24 in Las Vegas.
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Although Fury was expected to recover before the fight, he would have missed several days of crucial training – giving Wilder an unfair advantage.
The reigning WBC heavyweight champion is yet to confirm his positive Covid test and hasn’t commented on his health since the news broke.
Fury has asked Freddie Roach to re-join his team after the fighter spent time in the trainer’s gym ahead of his first fight with Wilder in 2018.
And the Brit has promised to come back stronger when he meets the American for a third time.
Fury said: “I wanted nothing more than to smash the big dosser on July 24, but I guess the beating will have to wait.
“Make no mistake, I will be back and better than ever. We will fight October 9 – and I will knock him spark out!”
Should the October scrap go ahead as planned, it will be the first bout for both fighters in 19 MONTHS – since Fury stopped Wilder in February 2020.