Deontay Wilder

Fury-Wilder III postponed

WBC champion Fury had signed a contract in May to fight American Wilder for a third time on July 24.

Fury tested positive earlier this week and the fight will be postponed until the autumn.

Fury, 32, had been set to face fellow Briton Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August in a world heavyweight unification title fight, but an American arbitrator ordered Fury to fight Wilder again before Sept. 15.

Fury first fought Wilder, who is now 35, in 2018 and took the WBC title from him in a rematch in February 2020 with a seventh-round stoppage.

     

Deontay Wilder won't step aside from Tyson Fury fight - Bob Arum

Fury, 32, agreed to face Joshua, 31, in Saudi Arabia.

But Wilder's team forced an arbitration hearing which concluded he had a contractual right to face Fury for a third time. The latest fight is set to take place in Las Vegas on 24 July.

"There's no chance he [Wilder] will step aside," Arum told Boxing Social.

"Whatever it is, the judge said he had a right to the rematch and we are going to go ahead with it."

Arum said Fury was angry when he learned that the fight against American Wilder will take place, adding: "It is what it is.

Parker on Wilder's wish list

Deontay Wilder was in line for a rematch with Brit Tyson Fury, who took the WBC world title from the American in February with a technical knockout win in Las Vegas.

However, Fury said last month he had "moved on" from a third fight with Wilder.

Asked on the Last Stand Podcast who he wanted to fight next if that was the case, Wilder listed former WBO world champion Parker as one of five opponents he was interested in.

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder may take place at Sydney

The heavyweights were working towards a third fight for July in Las Vegas, but the global coronavirus pandemic forced those plans to be scrapped and now they're fielding offers from countries eager to host the bout.

Earlier this month, Fury's co-promoter Bob Arum told Sky Sports UK that Macau and Australia were two potential options, and the latter now seems the preferred option, with Lonergan working through plans to stage the fight downunder. 

Arum previously promoted Manny Pacquiao's fight against Jeff Horn, who is promoted by Lonergan in Brisbane, Australia.

Deontay Wilder's trainer reveals he didn't want to throw in towel against Tyson Fury

Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their Las Vegas rematch on Saturday night (Sunday NZT) to claim the WBC heavyweight title and hand the American his first career defeat.

Fury had sent Wilder to the canvas twice and the champion appeared to be on shaky legs when the Brit pinned him in the corner in the seventh round, unloading a barrage of punches that saw the towel come in and forced referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest.  

Fury dominates Wilder to win title

There was no repeat of their contentious December 2018 draw as Fury overwhelmed the previously undefeated champion before Wilder's corner threw in the towel in the seventh round on Saturday.

The Brit took a 42-pound weight advantage into a bout he described as the biggest the division had seen in 50 years and delivered on his promise to seek a knockout in Las Vegas.

Fury landed huge blows from the first bell, sending Wilder to the canvas in rounds three and five and at one point licking his opponent's blood-stained neck.

Joshua could face Fury or Wilder

Joshua regained his WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in December in a heavyweight rematch contested in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

While Joshua's next fight is set to be against Kubrat Pulev, the Briton's promoter Hearn has talked up the possibility of a meeting with the victor of Fury-Wilder II, which takes place in Las Vegas on February 22, later in 2020.

Fury predicts Wilder KO in two

Fury and Wilder will finally face off again at MGM Grand on February 22 in their highly anticipated rematch, having drawn their first fight in December 2018.

Unsurprisingly, the Brit (29-0-1) believes he will be successful, predicting a second-round KO of Wilder.

"Deontay knows he was rocked three or four times in the last fight and I didn't have the gas to finish him. This time I can turn that screwdriver until he is gone," he told a news conference on Monday.

Deontay Wilder delivers devastating right hand knockout to defend heavyweight crown

Wilder landed a vicious right hand to stop Luis Ortiz in the seventh round last night to retain his heavyweight title and set up a lucrative rematch with Tyson Fury in February.

Wilder’s punch came out of nowhere in a fight he had done little in up until that time. It landed flush on the face of Ortiz, who crumpled to the canvas and was unable to get up at the count of 10.

The sudden ending came after a lackluster first six rounds in which Wilder did little. But the devastating power that has gotten him knockouts in all but two of his fights came through again.

Fury hits back at Wilder

Former unified world champion Fury and Wilder are due to due battle for a second time on February 22 after their first fight last December was declared a draw.

Wilder taunted the Brit by claiming he never wanted a rematch and is "running" as he prepares to face Luis Ortiz at the MGM Grand on November 23.

Fury hit back by stating he is gunning for the American after making a winning WWE debut against Braun Strowman last week.