Promoter Bob Arum has exclusively revealed the proposed date for Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III in an interview with WBN this week.
Last weekend, Fury dominated Wilder in their rematch on the world-famous Las Vegas strip. But after clarifying that Fury would honor his contract for a trilogy with Wilder, Arum went better by stating the probable date and venue.
“One hundred percent Fury vs. Wilder III will be in America,” Arum told World Boxing News exclusively. “MGM has been very good to us, and the fight did extraordinarily well.
“It had a gate of close to $17 million. They’re already talking about raising the prices so that the gate would be over $20 million.
“Not to mention, there’s a great appetite for it. We sold every ticket, and they were scalping tickets for the fight in the street.
“So yeah. why wouldn’t we do it again?”
TYSON FURY vs. DEONTAY WILDER
Asked about a timescale for the third fight to occur, Arum said they certainly want the saga finished before the fall.
“Yeah, sometime in the summer. But not at the end (of the summer). Maybe sometimes, as contracts provide, in the middle of July.”
As Fury will battle Wilder again and Arum’s other top heavyweight is mandatory for Joshua in the coming months, the Top Rank boss remains hopeful of a massive in-house encounter.
If both are successful, Arum could promote Fury vs. Pulev in an undisputed collision by the close of 2020.
“I could have both sides (for Fury vs. Pulev), and it would be huge,” he concluded.
UK fans have been vocal in their desire to see Fury vs. Joshua as soon as possible. As things stand, that encounter is not on the agenda.
Fury must beat Wilder again, and then possibly Dillian Whyte. Furthermore, Joshua has to take care of Pulev. This is no mean feat for AJ due to his recent form.
Phil Jay – Editor of World Boxing News since 2010. Follow WBN on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.