Is There A Chance Wilder-Fury III Won’t Happen In 2020?
Three different times, the trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury has been postponed. Now, it appears we may have to wait a little bit longer.
Frank Warren spoke with IFL TV about when we could possibly see Fury (30-0-1) and Wilder (42-1-1) fight again. It was a reflection of Top Rank’s Bob Arum’s statement regarding the bout as a “wait-and-see” fight. Due to the coronavirus and travel bans, it will be hard for both to be in the room at the same time. Add the fact that the promoters involved want fans in the venue they are in, the wait will be a continued trend.
After all, a $17 million gate is different than a $0 gate.
“To be quite honest, it’s all moot at the moment,” Warren stated, via The Sun. “Who knows whether we’re even going to get that this year?
“Because the fight is meant to go on in Vegas and obviously boxing is banned there at the moment and who knows when it’s going to be lifted. And it’s impossible that the fight takes place behind-closed-doors, because of the money the fighters want. It’s not financially viable for that to happen.”
Back in February, the two fought in a rematch from their 2018 bout that ended in a draw. In the original fight, Fury survived a twelfth-round knockdown. This time around, Wilder struggled against Fury. Wilder was knocked down twice and was bleeding from around his ears. In the seventh, Wilder’s team threw in the towel, giving Fury the win via TKO.
Wilder exercised his rematch clause right away. Since then, the bout has moved from July to October to sometime in November or December. Adding in the potential of a different country for the bout, and Warren may be right. Arum suggested outside the United States and the United Kingdom for the fight.
Regarding Warren’s comments about Las Vegas, the Nevada Athletic Commission will meet this week to discuss the future of boxing in the state.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn believes all big matches will happen next year as well. If Fury can get past Wilder, then Anthony Joshua (if he beats Kubrat Pulev) will be ready for an undisputed heavyweight title shot. Between talks of Joshua and Fury just fighting one another, Fury stated he wants to take care of Wilder first.
At the end of the day, a big revenue gain helps the sport of boxing. If there are no guidelines in place that can help bring fans into buildings for fights in the next few months, 2021 may end up being the landing spot.
When do you think Wilder-Fury III will happen?