The trilogy fight between WBC and linear heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and rival Deontay Wilder will move forward — not in July as planned. Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday that they were wilder vs fury 3 anticipating a heavyweight bout in the fall due to the global coronavirus pandemic, with a delay from the expected date of July 18.
Wilder took advantage of his contractual ability as the loser of their February rematch to start a third fight after being beaten by Fury until his corner was thrown into the towel to put an end to the seventh round. Subsequently, he blamed the loss on the weight of the elaborate costume he wore to the ring and said he would take advantage of it.
In addition, travel restrictions mean that Fury’s English compatriots are unlikely to be able to fight in the United States.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We could not convince them or ourselves,” Arum told ESPN. “Where were they going to train for it? It just didn’t make any sense. You’ve just got to take a step back.
How are you going to sell tickets? It’s absolutely ridiculous to say that the fight is going on when the British can’t even get there.” Arum said that the fight is now likely to be in October, assuming that the world returns to a state where sporting events are taking place as normal again. That would almost certainly have been the final nail in the coffin.