By Mark Elezaj
After months of talk and delays, a third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder looks to have fallen apart.
Fury says that he has “moved on” from the idea of facing Wilder in December after he missed a deadline that would have secured the third fight between the two.
The originally targeted date for the trilogy was July 18, but due to a Wilder injury followed by the pandemic, their rematch was pushed to December.
“I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight,” Fury told the Athletic, “But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date.
“They don’t really want to fight the lineal heavyweight champion. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: with Wilder on his ass again.”
“Then they asked me if I would agree to push it to December. I agreed to Dec. 19,” Fury told The Athletic.
“Then they tried to change the date again into next year. I’ve been training. I’m ready. When they tried moving off Dec. 19 and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I’ve moved on.”
Frank Warren recently told ESPN, “Promoters on both sides, we have worked very hard to make it happen, but it’s looking like it will not happen. There’s talk about it happening next year. Tyson has been training like a lot of guys solidly since February, and he wants to fight this year.”
Warren also said that Fury would “maybe revisit the fight another time” but he is focused on working towards a unification bout with Anthony Joshua, who currently holds the three other recognized heavyweight world titles.
One thing is clear, Fury wants to fight this year and he is willing to take a tune-up fight before fighting Anthony Joshua next year.
There are a few contenders Fury can choose from at the moment. Most fighters are already scheduled to fight, which leaves Fury with five or six names that he can pick to face later this year.
In a recent interview with IFL TV, Bob Arum gave a list of possible opponents available to face Tyson Fury.
“We end up with five guys who are possible. There’s Efe [Ajagba], the African is there. There’s Agit [Kabayel], [Oscar] Rivas is there, and there are two others that are there. We’ll have to pick out, see who’s available and pick it out. I mean, Rivas and Efe are Top rank fighters, and I’m sure we could arrange for them to be available.”
Fury has confirmed that he hopes to fight AJ, or whoever has the belts, in the next year, “I am the best fighter in the world. The lineal heavyweight champion. The two-time Ring magazine heavyweight champion. The WBC heavyweight champion.
“And before the end of 2021, I will be the only man on this earth with a heavyweight championship belt.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~