Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have verbally committed to a third fight according to ESPN. The boxing heavyweights fought to a draw in 2018 and Fury earned a TKO victory to win the WBC heavyweight title in 2020.
The announcement for the third fight between the two boxing stars was made on Thursday, a few days after talks of a fight between Fury and British champ Anthony Joshua fell through.
An independent arbitrator ruled that Fury, the WBC Heavyweight champion, has to fight Wilder putting all plans for a unification fight between Joshua and Fury on hold. The arbitrator ruled that Fury was contractually obligated to give Wilder a rematch.
While the arbitrator’s ruling is not a formal court order, it will be deemed enforceable by courts if Wilder and Fury are unable to reach agreement. The camps of both boxers have gone into overdrive to make the fight happen as soon as possible.
ESPN further disclosed that the Wilder and Fury fight could be held as early as July 24 in Las Vegas. It also stated that a later date, August 14, has been appointed as a backup date if the fight cannot be held in July.
Boxing promoter, Bob Arum said to ESPN that he expects the contracts of the fight could be signed soon.. Fury would be expected to get 60 per cent of the purse with Wilder receiving the lower sum.