‘I Think Tyson Knocks Him Out Quicker This Time’- Bob Arum Predicts an Ill-Fate for Deontay Wilder

Published 05/21/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


After much deliberation, Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 is set to be the first heavyweight championship to be held in the recent future. Although a unification bout between Fury and Joshua was aligned, Wilder’s subtle entry to the mix has urged him to receive a shot at Fury over everyone.

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That said, Top Rank Kingpin Bob Arum has staged the trilogy fight in the first place to clear the road for a unification battle. While he seems optimistic about bringing Fury and Joshua against each other, the promoter has predicted to see an even deadlier performance from Tyson Fury against Wilder.

Arum, 89, has connected with the IFL TV to talk about several things. While he shed light on Wilder’s stance regarding the entire step aside money, Arum has also hailed the former WBC champion. But that didn’t seem to put an effect on his fight prediction.

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“What I got was he [Deontay Wilder] was throwing out a number maybe with the idea that he wasn’t gonna step aside. I mean he has a lot of pride too, Wilder, and this was his opportunity to fight for the title and get some revenge against Tyson Fury.

“So I don’t think it was a money grab completely. Because we never had any negotiation really about his step aside. I think Tyson knocks him out quicker this time than he did last time,” said Bob Arum.

In their previous encounter, Fury took seven rounds to demolish ‘The Bronze Bomber’. Although he had overpowered the American much before that, Fury stopped the fight in his favor in round seven. He revealed Wilder’s flaws open and manhandled the Knockout elite to snatch WBC gold.

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The original clash between Fury and Wilder had gone to the final bell, which turned out to be a draw. But the rematch was five rounds shorter than that. Hence, the third collision might be short-lived. However, a lot has changed since Fury vs Wilder 2.

The former champion has replaced Mark Breland with Malik Scott as a head trainer. Moreover, Wilder has come out to the spotlight after staying away for a brief period. So, we might see some changes in his boxing game plan.

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Meanwhile, Tyson Fury had prepared to fight Anthony Joshua. So, a sudden change in the opponent can urge him to bring something more to the table. Still, unbeaten, Tyson Fury will aim for a unification battle head So, it would be a must-win for him. Nevertheless, Wilder’s return to action would also demand a win and we can expect an intriguing collision between the former rivals.

Do you think Deontay Wilder can beat Tyson Fury?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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