It did not take long for the trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to find a new home.
According to The Athletic, the two are set to face off against one another on October 3 in Las Vegas. This comes after the initial report by Top Rank’s Bob Arum that the fight would be delayed a few months. Initially, the bout was looking to take place on July 18. However, The Athletic dispelled those reports, saying the date was never confirmed.
In regards to a reason for the delay, Arum didn’t hold back. Due to the situation regarding the coronavirus, as well as the travel ban currently in place in the United States, the fight wouldn’t be able to work out as planned.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves,” Arum said. “Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets? It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.”
The third bout would be a continuation of the series between the two. It also appeared to be inevitable, as the clause was in the contract’s of both fighters, according to Frank Warren.
Back in 2018, Wilder (42-1-1) and Fury (30-0-1) met for the first time and did not disappoint. It was a back and forth affair, highlighted by Fury surviving an onslaught of punches in rounds nine and twelve. The last round saw Fury rise up from the dead following a huge hook by Wilder. In the end, the fight ended up being called as a controversial split decision draw.
The rematch back in February saw Wilder meet his match. Fury, who barely survived Otto Wallin a few months before, still had a scar from the cut above is eye. It did not play a factor, as Fury danced all over Wilder, dropped him down twice. Wilder, who was bleeding from inside his ear, displayed little no to offense, and by the seventh round his corner threw in the towel. Fury became WBC Heavyweight Champion as a result, to go along with The Ring and lineal Heavyweight Titles.
A few days later, Wilder exercised his rematch clause, while also blaming the suit he wore to the ring. Wilder and his head trainer also questioned his assistant trainer throwing in the towel. There were questions as to whether Mark Breland would be fired, but Wilder later stated he would not be going anywhere.
The second fight between the two ended up producing 800,000 North American PPV buys. That would be the best heavyweight title viewing since Mike Tyson v. Lennox Lewis in 2002, which drew over 1.97 million. The first fight generated 325,000 buys.
Due to the coronavirus, it is unknown what the status of the boxing world will be in the next few months. Several fights have already been postponed and the Nevada Athletic Commission put a hold to all events happening there. The hope is that October will be the final landing point between the two heavyweights.