Tyson Fury’s promoter, Bob Arum, has insisted that the trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and his client would take place in late 2020. The match will be held amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that’s affected so many, if not all, sporting activities. And the match will be held outside the US and the UK.
Wilder Seeks Rematch
Deontay Wilder, 34, requested the rematch between him and Fury, 31, after the latter won the WBC crown. Often referred to as the ‘Gypsy King,’ Fury beat Wilder (who is known as the ‘Bronze Bomber’) in February of this year. Wilder insists he will win the next match. Wilder fighting Fury means there may be no match between Fury and Anthony Joshua.
The pair has fought two times over the course of their careers. A third match was slated to take place in July of this year, but it was postponed to an unknown date due to the COVID-19 crisis that has continued to keep top sportsmen indoors. It remains to be seen whether the match will indeed take place, although many countries have begun easing restrictions to allow movement and large congregations of people. Still, the match could be held without fans if need be. Such a high-profile match would certainly be broadcast online and on TV screens across the globe.
To Be Held Outside US, UK
Arum revealed that the trilogy fight would take place on neutral ground. This implies that the match would be held outside both the United States and the United Kingdom, where the two fighters hail from. While being interviewed on the Boxing Scene, Arum said he had received proposals from two would-be host-countries, and that he’s still open to more offers. At the end of the day, the host-country must be considered ‘neutral ground’ for both fighters.