Frank Warren, co-promoter for WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is the first member of the boxer's team to officially confirm his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Fury was scheduled to defend his title against Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight on July 24th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

However, this past Thursday the news broke that Fury and several members of his team had tested positive for COVID-19 - which in turn has postponed the fight.

Both Fury and Wilder have been in inactive since their rematch, which took place in February of 2020. Fury won the contest with a seventh round stoppage to capture the WBC title.

Both sides are now looking to the month of October for the new date.

Warren explains that Fury is very frustrated with the numerous delays to his ring return.

"It's looking some time in October, which is a great shame it's been postponed, but it is what it is," Warren told BT Sport.

"Unfortunately, they in the camp and himself got tested positive for COVID. There's nothing we can do about it. It's the times we live in, so the fight is postponed, pushed back.

"Very frustrating. Really frustrating for Tyson. By the time he gets into the ring, he will have been out for nearly 20 months. That's a long, long time."

On the other hand, WBC interim-champion Dillian Whyte is hoping Fury's diagnosis plays in his favor.

Whyte is urging the World Boxing Council to make him the full champion - with an additional request for the WBC to order a mandatory defense against Wilder. 

"This is why they have the interim champion," Whyte told Sky Sports.

"When stuff like this happens and fights fall through and the champion is injured or can't fight, or for whatever reason can't defend the title, then the interim champion steps up.

"Make me world champion, I'll fight Wilder as a world champion, and the winner of that fights Tyson Fury, and the winner of that fights Anthony Joshua for the undisputed. That is where everything is solved with one action."