Promoter promises Fury-Wilder III
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.