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Bob Arum hoping to finalize Fury vs Wilder 3 soon

The third fight between the heavyweight stars will happen, it’s just a matter of when and where.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Bob Arum wants to get the deal for the contractually obligated third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder done as soon as possible, as he hopes to do the bout late this year, in November or December.

The promoter tells ESPN that the fight may have to go abroad, but he’s hoping to get it done quickly:

“It may very well be that we might have to do it out of the U.S., out of the UK. We’re in constant contact with the PBC. We’re working for a location, we have two possibilities to do that fight, appropriate for prime time in the United States. Obviously there’s different time zones. We hope to put it together in the next month.”

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) stopped Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) in the seventh round of their Feb. 22 rematch, which was by far the biggest fight of 2020 to date, and may wind up being the biggest fight we get this year. The two first met in Dec. 2018, going to a controversial draw.

The pairing for the rematch was an unusual one for boxing, as Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions worked together on the fight, as did their TV partners, ESPN and FOX Sports, for the pay-per-view broadcast.

Those details don’t need hammering out this time around; the deal was done when Wilder exercised his rematch clause shortly after his defeat, and the fight was originally targeted for July, then early October, and now we’re looking at late 2020.

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