Fury-Wilder 3 Mess to Be Cleared This Week, Says Bob Arum

Published 05/15/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 02: WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury face-off during the New York Press Conference at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set to fight on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


The WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, is reportedly locked in for a unification fight against Anthony Joshua in the coming days. However, the matchup has been through some contractual turmoils, which hasn’t let an official date come on board.

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One prime reason can be the former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, who reportedly deserves a third fight against Tyson Fury. Although Wilder has remained silent about his return, the case surrounding his trilogy bout needs to conclude. Hence, Top Rank Kingpin Bob Arum has explained the whole situation.

As per combat reporter Lance Pugmire, Arum believes if Wilder vs Fury 3 gets free from disputes, it will help to stage two heavyweight blockbusters shortly. Firstly, Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua for the unified belts, and then Joe Joyce vs Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO title eliminator.

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Meanwhile, it might clear the path for Deontay Wilder’s return.

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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3- The war is due

Following two gruesome encounters, Tyson Fury has one win over Deontay Wilder. Their first two bouts had the entire combat world’s attention. Hence, the duo rightly deserves to share the ring for the third time. But Wilder’s absence from the scene has urged Tyson Fury to opt for Anthony Joshua.

Meanwhile, ‘AJ’ holds three world titles, and each has its own mandatory challengers. Thus, Joe Joyce and Oleksandr Usyk are also relevant in the ride. While the WBO has set up an elimination battle between them, Fury vs Josua is one-hurdle away from meeting fruition.

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Hence, Deontay Wilder might opt to free his rival. He could seek a guarantee that the trilogy will take place after ‘AJ’ and Fury settle things.

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‘The Bronze Bomber’ hasn’t fought since suffering his maiden career loss to Fury in February 2020. While the heavyweight division has moved pretty quickly since then, Deontay Wilder needs to return sooner rather than later. He still holds the right to claim a title shot, but delaying his in-ring return can snatch that chance away for good.

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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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