Fury-Wilder rematch postponed

Tanya Simon
March 25, 2020

You just have to take a step back.

Britain's unified champion had wanted to fight Fury at the end of the year, with all the world heavyweight belts at stake, but the new WBC champion is contractually obliged to face Wilder first and the coronavirus has delayed plans for another fight in Las Vegas this summer. How are you going to sell tickets? "It's part of what's happening in the world", Arum said, via ESPN.

Tyson Fury consoles Deontay Wilder after winning their last fight.

"Al and his people are in touch with us all the time on this", Arum said per ESPN.

And Arum confirmed to ESPN that all parties involved in getting the third fight on the table are working through their process.

While the pandemic is still getting worse by the day the United States had almost 50,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon, according to The New York Times and almost all of Las Vegas shut down, Arum isnt sure when the fight can actually take place. "It's absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can't even get there". "We couldn't convince them or ourselves", Arum said.

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Wilder's explosive sequence of knockout wins came to a sudden halt against Fury, who withstood his renowned right hand in the early stages of their return fight, and Whyte questioned whether the limitations of "The Bronze Bomber" had been exposed.

"So everybody has to take a step back".

Regardless, Arum told Rafael that he has remained in contact with Wilder's co-manager Al Haymon throughout this situation and that both of boxing's top powerbrokers were are on the same page in regards to how they should handle the situation.

Wilder called for a rematch but with Las Vegas casinos shut and travel from Europe to the USA suspended in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, Arum said there is no way the fight can go forward as scheduled at the MGM Grand. "We see things the same way".

Wilder and Fury first fought to a draw during an unbelievable December 2018 heavyweight fight. "Nobody has ever experienced anything like this before".

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