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Frank Warren: Wilder vs Fury deal is for second and third fights

Fury’s co-promoter says both fighters have the option for a third bout after the February rematch.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The Feb. 22 rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury may not be the last time we see those big boys go at it, which is not really a surprise, but Frank Warren confirms (via Adam Catterall) that there is a contractual option for the loser to force a third bout.

Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO) and Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO) fought to an incredibly controversial draw in Dec. 2018, and didn’t do a 2019 rematch in order to build a bigger fight. There’s every chance this fight does far, far better pay-per-view buys than it did the first time around, even if it’s unlikely to meet Joe Tessitore’s insane prediction of being the biggest fight of all time.

Both heavyweights fought twice in 2019, with Wilder defending his WBC title with knockout wins over Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz, and Fury wiping out Tom Schwarz and struggling a fair bit more than anticipated with Otto Wallin.

Whatever business this winds up doing, it’s going to be a big fight; other than Anthony Joshua, no one else in the division comes close to the star power of these two, so it’s as big as it’s going to get for now, and a third fight likely will make sense.

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