Is Team Fury On The Same Page?
It appears there is a lack of communication on the side of Team Fury regarding future plans.
Recently, Top Rank’s Bob Arum discussed the idea of not having the trilogy fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury take place in December. Still looking for fans to host the event, Arum, who took over negotiation duties for Fury from Daniel Kinahan, stated the fight could take place in 2021. That would delay fights against interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte and an agreed in principle bout with Anthony Joshua.
Arum has been hoping a revenue can be collected from the fight. The later the date, there is a possibility that COVID-19 will not affect plans. Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren spoke to BT Sport about Arum’s recent comments, discussing Fury’s take on the situation.
“I spoke to [Fury] Monday morning. He was quite frustrated when [the Arum interview came out]. I was unaware of it. It came out of the blue … Fury told me, ‘I want to fight this year.’ That’s my job, to make sure he fights this year,” Warren stated, via Boxing Scene. “Fury fighting [in February 2021] is not happening. He’s fighting this year. Either [with Wilder], or another fight. We want to fulfill his contractual commitment. He’s not going to wait till February.
“Well, [fans not being in attendance] can be [an issue], but if this is the world we’re in, this is the world we’re in. Sometimes fights can disappear, and don’t happen for various reasons. Let’s see what happens.”
Fury (30-0-1) last fought in February, facing Wilder (42-1-1) in a rematch from their 2018 bout. The lineal Heavyweight Champion would knock down Wilder multiple times and had him bleeding as he was chasing him around the ring. Eventually, Wilder’s corner threw in the towel, and Fury took home the WBC Heavyweight Title. While he has undergone biceps surgery, Wilder is looking to be ready before 2020 comes to an end.
Joshua must get past Kubrat Pulev if he were to face the winner of Wilder-Fury III. With Whyte (Fury) and Oleksandr Usyk (Joshua) looking for mandatory shots, Arum believes that those fighters shouldn’t get automatic matches. Warren happens to agree, for the sake of a fantasy fight being booked.
“Let’s cut through it—what’s the fight everybody wants to see? I don’t want to hear about Dillian Whyte, and all these guys. The fight everybody wants to see is [Fury vs. Joshua]. That is the fight,” Warren went on to say. “Any boxing fan, and certainly any British boxing fan, that’s the one. All the others, you go down that list, and put out a poll, no one would vote for other fights … Let’s get the fans what they want.”