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Bob Arum: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 won’t happen until at least November or December

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Among the changes to 2020’s combat sports schedule is yet another postponement of the Fury-Wilder trilogy.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II - MGM Grand Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images

You’ll have to wait even longer for a trilogy between heavyweight stars Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

Initially, the plan was for Fury and Wilder to square off again in the summer time following their February showdown. The coronavirus pandemic rendered that plan useless, so promoter Bob Arum indicated the fight would be pushed to October.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, that timeline has been pushed back even further, and even that’s hardly a guarantee that we’ll see this matchup in 2020 at all.

Fury and Wilder, almost by default, will likely be boxing’s high-point in terms of financial success this year. Their highly anticipated rematch drew in at least 800,000-850,000 pay-per-view buys, along with that aforementioned $17 million gate as stated by Mannix. With the very real prospect of no fans in attendance for sporting events for a long time, that lost gate money is a major deal when you consider massive boxing matches often have that figure factored into fighter purses.

After a controversial draw in their first matchup, Fury emphatically took the WBC title away from Wilder with a seventh-round TKO a couple of months ago. Even pre-pandemic, there was debate over whether a summer trilogy was too soon for Wilder given the lopsided nature of the contest. Now that’s no longer an issue, but the next question is when we’ll see this fight happen again, if at all.

Top Rank’s overall boxing schedule is off the table until at least June.