Lee: Trilogy delay benefits Wilder

Tyson Fury’s assistant trainer and cousin Andy Lee believes that Deontay Wilder will benefit the most from the delay to their trilogy fight.

Old rivals Fury and Wilder were scheduled to meet for a third time in Las Vegas on July 24 until the ‘Gypsy King ‘and other members of his camp contracted Covid-19, apparently from a visiting sparring partner.

The trilogy bout was subsequently bumped back to October 9 and Lee feels the extra time will, in fact, benefit Wilder as he prepares with new head coach Malik Scott following the high-profile dismissal of former trainer Mark Breland.

The delay should help Wilder and Scott develop their chemistry and gameplan, according to Lee. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ certainly needs to improve having been annihilated in seven rounds in his rematch with Fury in February 2020, following a highly-disputed draw in December 2018.

“I think it’s a benefit to [Wilder] because he’ll have longer with Malik Scott, to allow him to prepare, and more time to get himself in the right place mentally because that’s what the challenge is, for him to be right mentally,” Lee told ‘The DAZN Boxing Show’.

“I think after the second fight, the job of pace is done. It will take an immense, immense effort to come back from that mentally for Wilder.

“So it’s given him more time, more time to get the style that Malik Scott wants him to have. I don’t know what they’re gonna do, whether they’re gonna fight or try and box.”