- Tyson Fury has been booked to fight on December 5th.
- Fury was contractually obliged to face Deontay Wilder for a third time but that does not look to be the case anymore.
- Promoter Bob Arum, who represents Fury, says that Wilder’s rematch option has expired.
Good news and bad news for boxing fans.
The good news is that WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will return to action on December 5th in London. The bad one is that it’s not going to be against American Deontay Wilder.
Fury made the announcement himself on social media:
Big announcement The Gypsyking is back in Uk ?? December 5 London opponent tbc
Can’t wait to get back in the ring and get back to what I do best. ? 2020#[email protected] @frankwarren_tv @trboxing @btsportboxing @espn @MTKGlobal @wowhydrate @MarbellaUk @goldstar pic.twitter.com/MQ6KhZ0K0J
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 24, 2020
Fury was contractually obligated to face Deontay Wilder in a third bout between the two heavyweight superstars. That bout was supposed to happen last July but with the COVID-19 pandemic altering sports schedules, it was rebooked for late 2020. A December 19th bout at the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium was later announced but with the two parties unable to reach an agreement, the trilogy bout doesn’t appear like it’s going to happen anytime soon.
Exclusive: @Tyson_Fury tells @TheAthletic he’s foregoing Deontay Wilder trilogy after scheduled December date was pulled. Deadline to reschedule expired Friday; now looking for homecoming bout Dec. 5, per sources, before mega fight with Anthony Joshuahttps://t.co/8GlIX88QW2
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 12, 2020
The Gypsy King has insisted that he wants to fight in December. His promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, claims that Wilder’s rematch clause has expired, and that they are moving on without the Bronze Bomber. Fury and unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua have agreed to a two-fight contract beginning 2021. So if AJ gets past mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on December 12th, the third fight with Wilder could get lost in the picture.
Wilder’s promoter Shelley Finkel has argued that they are ready to face Fury anytime. Finkel said that his fighter is busy training and preparing for his next bout. Earlier this month, Finkel denied Arum’s claims that Wilder’s rematch clause has expired and that they have abandoned plans for the third fight. Despite that, little has been heard of Wilder since losing to Fury last February.
Earlier this month, Wilder and longtime trainer Mark Breland parted ways. Breland had been Wilder’s co-trainer since the Bronze Bomber turned professional 12 years ago. Breland was brought in by Finkel to help Wilder develop a jab that would set up his big right hand. Finkel also believed that the former two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist would bring a lot of experience in the Wilder corner.
However, Breland got the ire of Wilder and co-trainer Jay Deas after he threw in the towel as Wilder was getting beaten up by Fury last February. Wilder said he wished that Breland let him “go out on his shield” instead of calling of the fight. Initially, Wilder said he’d keep Breland but in the end, Breland was the scapegoat of a disappointing performance by the Bronze Bomber.
Deontay Wilder has now officially parted ways with head coach Mark Breland after he threw in the towel against Tyson Fury ? pic.twitter.com/fhS6qFHK1c
— Boxing on BT Sport ? (@BTSportBoxing) October 2, 2020
Deas, who has been with Wilder since he was an amateur and who helped him win the bronze medal in the Olympics, was retained as trainer and is the one currently preparing Wilder for the third fight against Fury, or whoever he fights next. Wilder has been elusive to media since the loss and it remains to be seen if he will fight again this year.
Fury and Wilder fought to a controversial draw in December 2018. In that fight, Fury appeared to have controlled the fight but Wilder dropped Fury twice in the bout, including a massive 12th round knockdown that almost ended the fight. But Fury miraculously beat the count and made it to the final bell.
The two fought again in a highly anticipated rematch last February, just before the pandemic struck. Fury made sure not to leave his fate in the hands of the judges. The Gypsy King battered Wilder for seven rounds before Breland infamously threw the towel to protect his fighter from suffering further damage.
The loss was the first in his professional boxing career. Armed with a rematch clause, he vowed to avenge the defeat. Fury remains as a slight -185 odds on favorite to beat Wilder again with the Bronze Bomber currently pegged at +165 in the latest odds board at BetOnline.ag. The sportsbooks also agree that the fight won’t be happening this year as they have moved the fight date to January 2021.