Tyson Fury produced one of heavyweight boxing’s finest ever performances to destroy Deontay Wilder in February and become a world champion once again.
Fury dominated their Las Vegas rematch from the first bell, flooring his opponent several times before his corner threw in the towel.
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The Gypsy King’s win led to calls for him to face off against fellow British superstar Anthony Joshua next.
The two Brits have now reached an agreement to face each other twice in 2021 but first, Fury must overcome Wilder again after he invoked his right to have a third clash.
The heavyweight rivals will now complete their blockbuster trilogy later this year but the fight has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fury vs Wilder 3: Date and time
Fury is slated to fight Wilder for the third time next after the Bronze Bomber took up his rematch clause.
The date and location of the bout have not officially been confirmed yet and was expected to be held at the MGM Grand again on July 18.
That has had to be changed due to the ongoing issues surrounding the pandemic and the fight is now reportedly set to take place on October 3 in Las Vegas again.
Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, revealed to talkSPORT: “Yes, he’s invoked the rematch clause so that is what we are working towards.
“It’s contracted to take place in the States. That is in the contract and set in stone unless anyone agrees differently.”
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has since said that the trilogy fight will be pushed back to the autumn.
When asked if the bout would take place on July 18, Arum told ESPN: “Clearly not. We don’t even know if the MGM will even be open by then.
“You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves.
“Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets? It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.
“So everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It’s part of what’s happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October.”
Fury vs Wilder 3: The coronavirus impact
As the fight has not been officially announced as of yet, promoters are set to wait to see how the ongoing issues surrounding coronavirus play out before confirming a date.
Las Vegas – as well as several other cities in the USA – are in lockdown meaning any major sporting event could not take place.
Travel restrictions around the world would also impact the bout should it be held elsewhere.
There has been talk of holding boxing fights behind closed doors but that would not be suitable for a clash of this magnitude.
Fury vs Wilder 3: What about Anthony Joshua?
It has been confirmed that Fury will face Joshua in two all-British blockbuster bouts in 2021 providing he comes through his trilogy clash with Wilder.
It is understood that the two camps have been in talks over an undisputed title bout since early May.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms.
“We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.”
Meanwhile, Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, said: “The only way it could not happen is if one of the guys gets beat.
“Every one wants it to happen. For me this will be the biggest sporting event in this country with these fighters – four belts on the line, two Brits fighting for the world title, both champions. This is just mega. I think it’ll be the biggest sporting event in this country since England won the World Cup in ’66.
“[Fury’s] really happy… it’s something he wants, something he’s wanted for a long, long time.
“I think it’s a great fight for both of them and for fans in this country and round the world.
“It’s not going to get any more competitive than this.”
Fury vs Wilder 3: Tale of the tape
Fury – Wilder
Nationality: British – American
Age: 31 – 34
Height: 6ft 9 – 6ft 7
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 85in – 83in
Record: 30-0-1 – 42-1-1
KOs: 21 – 41
Rounds: 193 – 150
Debut: 12/8/2013 – 22/10/2009
Nickname: Gypsy King – Bronze Bomber