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Bob Arum unsure if or when Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder 3 will happen

The Top Rank promoter says with travel restrictions currently in place the third fight can’t be set.

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Although former titleholder Deontay Wilder has enacted his contractual rematch clause to fight Tyson Fury for a third time, we’re now in uncharted waters while the world deals with a global pandemic. And with there currently being travel bans to curb the spread of coronavirus, Bob Arum tells Sky Sports that the logistics to formally stage the fight aren’t possible right now.

“With or without audiences, we can’t do [the third fight] while Fury can’t get back into the United States due to the travel ban. Wilder couldn’t get into England either.”

The Top Rank promoter was then asked if the current state of the world could then lead to Fury having an undisputed unification match with Anthony Joshua instead, since both of those fighters live within the UK. Arum responds by saying that anything is possible at this point before going on to say:

“I can’t predict when Fury vs Wilder will take place or if it will happen. Everybody in the UK wants to see the two Brits fighting, Fury and Joshua. When can that happen? I don’t know. I also promote Kubrat Pulev and we’re talking next week to Eddie Hearn about how to do [Joshua vs Pulev].”

Arum would continue by saying this obviously isn’t a normal situation where he as a promoter can largely make his own arrangements. And furthermore, Arum points to the live gate for Wilder-Fury II, which accounted for roughly $17M in revenue which otherwise couldn’t be replaced if no fans are allowed to attend. Given the financial demands of both fighters, there’s probably no way a third Wilder-Fury fight could even break even without a live gate.

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