Pro­moter prom­ises Fury-Wilder III

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The US pro­moter of Tyson Fury is hop­ing to stage a third heavy­weight fight be­tween the Bri­tish boxer and Deon­tay Wilder by the end of the year, po­ten­tially in the Chi­nese en­clave of Ma­cau.

Bob Arum told The As­so­ci­ated Press that Fury “owes” Wilder a third fight af­ter claim­ing the WBC belt off the Amer­i­can with a sev­enth-round stop­page in Fe­bru­ary. Only then would Fury turn his at­ten­tion to an all-Bri­tish fight with An­thony Joshua, the WBA, IBF, and WBO ti­tle­holder, in early 2021.

“We hope to do that fight in Novem­ber or De­cem­ber,” Arum, the CEO of Top Rank, said of Fury­Wilder III.

“Whether it’s for a full au­di­ence or a lim­ited au­di­ence in the United States or put it on in Ma­cau, which may be open for full are­nas as early as Novem­ber ... you know, we’re ex­plor­ing all our op­tions.”

Joshua is also set to fight this year against manda­tory IBF chal­lenger Kubrat Pulev.

“Next year, there’ll be this huge fight with Fury and Joshua. That’s the way the cards turn,” Arum said. “And I agree it will be a mas­sive, mas­sive fight wher­ever it takes place – US, UK, or some place else­where.”

Fury has said that he has been ap­proached to take on Mike Tyson af­ter the 53-year-old for­mer undis­puted world cham­pion posted work­out clips on so­cial me­dia last month, pro­claim­ing “I’m back”.

But Arum thinks they should only ever meet in a “joke” fight for char­ity.

“If it’s any­where near se­ri­ous, I’m not go­ing to be a par­tic­i­pant in some­thing that could be re­ally deadly,” he told the AP. “Mike Tyson was a great fighter. He’s in his 50s now. (He) doesn’t go and fight re­ally se­ri­ously a guy who is at the top of his game in his 30s.

“That’s not right, and no­body should en­cour­age it. If it’s a joke, they go and spar around, who cares? And par­tic­u­larly for char­ity, that’s great.”

Fury-Wilder II was the last fight Arum pro­moted be­fore the en­forced shut­down of sport be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Arum will use the same venue, the MGM Grand Ho­tel in Las Ve­gas, to launch live box­ing’s come­back in the United States to­day.

– AP

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