Arum: Haymon Couldn’t Get Out of Wilder-Ortiz II

If it were up to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Tyson Fury’s next fight would not be tonight’s meeting with Otto Wallin, but the heavily anticipated rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. And Arum has his concerns for Wilder’s next fight.

Wilder and Fury battled to a controversial split draw in December and most expected the two would rematch in 2019. Fury, however, put things to a halt when he signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank, making his promotional debut with a knockout of Tom Schwarz in June.

Fury is once again a heavy favorite as he faces Wallin, who is unbeaten in 21 fights, with all but one taking place outside the U.S. With a win, Fury can secure his rematch with Wilder for 2020.

But for Wilder-Fury II to happen, Wilder must also get through another rematch, facing Luis Ortiz on November 23.

Arum and Al Haymon, adviser for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) fighters, including Wilder and Ortiz, met a few months back to discuss working together for fights such as Wilder-Fury II and Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford. Reportedly, Arum tried to push for Wilder-Fury II to happen this year; however, Haymon was locked into the second Wilder-Ortiz bout when he promised Ortiz such a title match to get him to turn down a $7 million offer to fill in for Jarrell Miller against Anthony Joshua in June.

“[Wilder fighting Ortiz is] very dangerous,” Arum said. “It’s stupid, but Al was boxed in. He had to do it. We talked about getting out of that fight, and doing Fury and Wilder here, now, in the fall. And Al couldn’t get out of that fight because Ortiz had been offered the Joshua fight, and so he promised him this [rematch with Wilder].”

Should Fury defeat Wallin and Wilder defeat Ortiz, Wilder-Fury II is rumored to take place in February 2020.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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