Frank Warren, the co-promoter of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury doubts a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder will take place this year.
A third fight between the heavyweight duo was originally booked for July. Wilder had previously opted to trigger the rematch clause in his contract after suffering a shock seventh-round TKO loss against ‘The Gypsy King’ back in February.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the date for Fury-Wilder III has been pushed backed on several occasions. It also seems unlikely that the fight will be able to generate the money to pay both athletes without a crowd in attendance.
Warren claims Fury is itching to fight again but believes he will likely have to start looking at other options for his fighter due to the fact the Wilder fight will now be pushed back until 2021.
“He wants to fight for obvious reasons, he’s been training hard as a lot of fighters have. It’s not just about the money with him, it’s about getting back out there. I think it’s getting to him a bit as it is a lot of fighters. It’s well documented the problems he had getting back and boxing has been his saviour. We have got to keep him focused that he can fight, he wants to fight. If we can’t get the Wilder fight, we have got to look at something else, work between us and work with everyone concerned,” Warren told BT Sport.
“We have to make sure he says focused, because next year if we get the crowds back, there’s some massive fights. We have got to get rid of this Wilder fight, it was supposed to take place in June or July and at the moment it doesn’t look like it will take place this year. Unless Bob Arum pulls a rabbit out the hat and puts it on in the States, but I think he will struggle to do that because they are in the same boat as us with no crowds.
“The last fight got the highest ever grossing fight to take place in Vegas, that is a massive amount of money, 20 million, and that’s not going to be there. So you’ve got to find it so the guys can get the purses they are looking for.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
Do you think Frank Warren is right? Will Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder now be delayed until 2021?