The blockbuster trilogy clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is coming up next weekend.
Fury produced one of heavyweight boxing’s finest ever performances to destroy Wilder in February 2020 and become a world champion once again.
Fury dominated their Las Vegas rematch from the first bell, flooring his opponent several times before his corner threw in the towel.
Fury’s win had led to calls for him to face off against fellow British superstar Anthony Joshua in a huge undisputed title clash before AJ lost his belts to Oleksandr Usyk.
After much debate, a date and venue for that era-defining fight was set but Wilder’s representatives took legal action to invoke a clause in his contract with Fury to secure a trilogy clash.
A date for their third meeting was then made for this summer but that was put on hold with Fury sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19.
The fight has now been rearranged and is finally nearly upon us…
Fury vs Wilder 3: Date and time
Fury was slated to fight Wilder for the third time on Saturday, July 24 but plans were put on hold for the trilogy fight.
‘The Gypsy King’ tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, July 8 and his clash with Wilder has now been rescheduled for Saturday, October 9.
It is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a full house of 20,000 fans in attendance.
The WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles will be on the line.
talkSPORT is to broadcast the exclusive audio rights to Fury vs Wilder 3. More information on our coverage will follow.
Anthony Joshua had hoped to face the winner of Fury v Wilder 3 but his dreams of unifying the heavyweight titles next year have been left in tatters after he was outclassed by Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk was superb against AJ at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the two will now likely face off in a rematch in early 2022.
Fury vs Wilder 3: Undercard
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Tyson Fury (c) vs Deontay Wilder – for WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles
- Robert Helenius vs Adam Kownacki
- Efe Ajagba vs Frank Sanchez – for WBC Continental Americas and WBO NABO heavyweight titles
- Robeisy Ramirez vs Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz
- Edgar Berlanga vs Marcelo Esteban Coceres – for vacant WBO NABO super-middleweight title
- Julian Williams vs Vladimir Hernandez
- Jared Anderson vs Vladimir Tereshkin
- Rances Barthelemy vs TBA
- Viktor Vykhryst vs Mike Marshall
- Bruce Carrington vs Cesar Cantu
Fury vs Wilder 3: What has been said?
Fury: “This man is a real piece of work. A real bully excuse maker. Not a warrior or a man at all. Beat the mug two times.
“I’ve battered him and his trainer. But still talking s***. Real p***ies.”
Wilder: “I’m ready. I hope they are ready. I hope they have their priorities in line. Their game-plan, how they are going to approach the fight.
“I know he wasn’t doing well in camp. The young guys were piecing him up.
“I had a young guy from my camp who was piecing him up.
“[My] sparring has been amazing. I can’t say names but just know there have been a lot of people on the canvas.
“Hopefully Fury is confident to go through [with the fight] and not have anything go wrong.
“[He can expect] a reinvented Deontay Wilder. Something you’ve never seen before.
“In the time off we have done nothing but work, work, work. Even when my body rested, my mind was still at it.”
Meanwhile, John Fury claims Tyson has a secret game plan which will ‘be the end of Deontay Wilder’.
“Tyson will send him into retirement this time,” Fury Sr said.
“He’ll never box after this, he’s going to get beat to pieces, smashed to pieces.
“Deontay Wilder this time, how can two wrongs produce a champion?
“Where are they going to get a win from? He got humiliated last time, let the whole of America down. He’s lucky to be boxing Tyson for a third time.
“He doesn’t deserve it, after that last performance, it should have been him [Fury] and AJ. This man is just a bump in the road.
“We’ve got the antidote for him, which I can’t discuss on camera, because we’re going to execute it on the night and that will be the end of Deontay Wilder.”
Fury vs Wilder 3: Tale of the tape
Fury – Wilder
Nationality: British – American
Age: 33 – 35
Height: 6ft 9 – 6ft 7
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 85in – 83in
Record: 30-0-1 – 42-1-1
KOs: 21 – 41
Rounds: 193 – 150
Debut: 12/8/2013 – 22/10/2009
Nickname: Gypsy King – Bronze Bomber