Deontay Wilder Still In Play For Tyson Fury’s Next Fight
There’s a chance we may see Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III after all.
Fury and Wilder were supposed to meet a third time at the end of 2020. That plan went south when Fury’s team claimed Wilder’s rematch clause expired. Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, claimed the clause never expired. Wilder says his team will be taking legal action if a trilogy fight isn’t booked.
Speaking to Daily Mail, Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren revealed that Wilder could very well be in play for Fury’s next fight.
“Tyson hasn’t been in the ring since defeating Wilder and he really didn’t want to be out for a full year or more and was eager to box again for his home fans. We did everything we could to get December 5 done but between Top Rank and ESPN, we could not find a way to make it work without fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“ESPN hold the TV contract rights over there to his forthcoming fights so it’s the US next for Tyson in late February or March. Although our priority has always been the big fight with Joshua, ideally that would be in the UK. So we now await the judge’s findings in America with regard to Wilder. That is still a huge fight in its own right.”
As Warren mentioned, Fury will not be competing on December 5. The plan was to have Fury put his WBC Heavyweight Title on the line against Agit Kabayel and then head for a showdown with Anthony Joshua. Now, there’s no guarantee in regards to who Fury’s next opponent will be.
In their first meeting, Fury and Wilder fought to a split draw. In the rematch back in February, Fury scored the seventh-round TKO victory to become the WBC Heavyweight Champion.