Bob Arum: Deontay Wilder Has No Rights To Trilogy Fight With Tyson Fury
Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum doesn’t believe Deontay Wilder has any rights to a trilogy fight against Tyson Fury.
It appeared a trilogy fight between Fury and Wilder would happen before the close of 2020. That ended up not being the case. Fury’s team claimed that Wilder’s rematch clause expired. There were plans for “The Gypsy King” to compete in December but it wasn’t feasible. Now, he’s looking to return in early 2021 but Wilder is taking legal action.
Arum, who co-promotes Fury, told Betway Insider that he doesn’t believe Wilder has a leg to stand on when it comes to a legal claim.
“It’s one thing to bring a claim and it’s a second thing to be successful. I believe that Wilder has no rights any longer for a third fight and therefore his claim will be denied. But I can’t stop them from thinking otherwise and taking it to litigation.
“The contract says Wilder’s rights ran out at the end of October and I really believe that contract displays clearly that Wilder does not have a claim for a third fight. Wilder had some surgery but that was taken care of in the contract, a 90-day delay from the date of the proposed rematch in July – and that has ran out.
“But I think we’ll have a resolution on December 12. If Joshua is beaten and is then unavailable, I’ll have a talk with Tyson as to whether he wants to pursue a fight with Wilder.”
The first encounter between Fury and Wilder ended in a split draw back in December 2018. In the February 2020 rematch, Fury scored a seventh-round TKO finish to capture the WBC Heavyweight Championship. Since that fight, Wilder has hurled cheating accusations Fury’s way.