WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has been taken off guard by Tyson Fury’s claim that he’s “moved on” from the Deontay Wilder trilogy fight.
Fury and Wilder were expected to collide a third time on December 19. The heavyweight clash would’ve been held inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once that date was off the table, Fury expressed his frustration and claimed he won’t be fighting “The Bronze Bomber” next.
Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren took things a step further, saying that he’s looking to book Fury on a December 5 show in London. The goal is to have “The Gypsy King” take on a top-15 heavyweight in the WBC rankings.
Sulaiman spoke to reporters during a media call and said there hasn’t been any communication in regards to changing plans for Fury vs. Wilder III (via BoxingScene.com).
“It was breaking news to me. Usually we do not go by news that is not confirmed. The WBC has not received any formal communication whatsoever. What we know as of right now is that the fight is on for Dec. 19. But we also have not received a sanction request. It is only informal communications from both sides. Over the weekend, I started receiving many calls, especially from the U.K. media, stating that the fight was not happening. But we have not heard anything officially. We’re reaching out to both camps to see where the third fight stands exactly right now.”
Fury and Wilder haven’t competed since their February 22 rematch. Fury scored the seventh-round TKO finish after Wilder’s cornerman, Mark Breland, threw in the towel. After months of consideration, the former WBC Heavyweight Champion decided to drop Breland from his training camp, which has garnered heavy criticism from fans, experts, and even boxers. Whether or not Wilder’s move will be beneficial to him remains to be seen.