What started off as an eagerly anticipated fight between two Gladiators of the sport of boxing, has turned into somewhat of a pantomime. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, have rearranged their not anticipated third fight to 9th October. In what has been a very drawn-out saga, will hopefully reach its conclusion come 9th October after the bout which was due to take place in Las Vegas on 24th July was postponed due to World Champion Tyson Fury contracting Covid.
Manchester-born fighter Fury 32, beat American Deontay Wilder 35, to inflict the first defeat of American Wilder’s career. The defeat, his first in 44 fights lead the Bronze Bomber Wilder to make some wholesale changes to his backroom team. After the second fight, which ended with Tyson Fury bagging an emphatic win courtesy of a knockout, the boxing world were hoping that an all Britain tussle between Anthony Joshua (holder of the sports other three world title fights) will face The Gypsy King sometime later this year.
Talks of such a fight seemed to be going well, until an arbitration ruling intervened, which ruled that former world champion Wilder is entitled to a rematch. There was talk that a £20 million fee was offered to Deontay Wilder’s camp to shelve plans for a third fight with Fury, but this didn’t happen and the ruling by an arbitration hearing well and truly put any hopes of that to bed. For the 32-year old Fury win on 9th October and this will make his path to redemption with a meeting with Anthony Joshua one step closer, who as a result of the ruling will look to fight in September against an opponent that’s expected to be Ukrainian Alexander Usyk, who famously defeated Tony Bellew of course, which ultimately ended the Liverpudlian’s career that night.
Should the unbeaten Fury lose, however, may be just maybe this could spell the end of the career of one of boxing’s most colourful characters. How the boxing world will dread the thought of that.