The third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been rebooked on October 9th.
Fury and Wilder were supposed to fight on July 24th but the bout was postponed after a COVID-19 outbreak in Fury’s camp.
Fury was a -290 betting favorite to beat Wilder (+225) at the last posted odds at Bovada.
The trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been rebooked for October 9, 2021 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Las Vegas.
Fury and Wilder were supposed to fight this coming July 24th but the bout was scrapped after a COVID-19 outbreak in Fury’s camp. The Gypsy King was last pegged as a -29o betting favorite to beat Wilder who was listed at +225 at Bovada when the odds were taken down at that site and the best boxing betting sites following the postponement.
Fury Tests Positive for COVID-19
Fury tests positive for COVID-19, fight with Wilder postponed https://t.co/BUBAx8kXzr pic.twitter.com/HrO9mR0A6a
— Reuters U.S. News (@ReutersUS) July 9, 2021
It can be recalled that the bout was postponed last week after a COVID-19 outbreak in Fury’s camp resulted in the Gypsy King testing positive for the virus. According to sources, the positive result came from Fury’s July 5th test. The Gypsy King was tested again last Tuesday and he yielded a negative result and was cleared by doctors to return home to England. Fury had one shot of vaccine and had only mild symptoms.
After the postponement, the both camps were already looking at staging the fight in October as Fury needs time to recover and train again. August would have been a good month but a PPV fight between Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence is scheduled for August 21st. September is Canelo Alvarez’s traditional second fight month and he is reportedly negotiating a September 18th bout against Caleb Plant.
Because of those, the promoters chose to book the first available October date, hoping to maximize PPV profits by not competing with other big boxing events. The second fight between Fury and Wilder drew $17M at the gate, a Nevada record for a heavyweight bout but only had 800,000 in PPV buys.
Arbitrator Rules in Favor of Wilder
Fury vs. Wilder round 3?!
Daniel Weinstein – the arbitrator presiding over the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder rematch dispute – ruled Monday that Wilder is entitled to a third fight with Fury, sources tell The Athletic’s @MikeCoppinger.https://t.co/Gq9XUL6byq
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) May 17, 2021
Fury and Wilder first fought in December 2018 in a bout that ended in a disputed draw. Wilder knocked down Fury twice during the bout but many observers believed that Fury did enough to beat Wilder on points. That controversy led to a rematch which held right before the outbreak of COVID-19. Fury left no doubt by scoring a 7th round stoppage after Wilder’s ex-trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel.
Wilder exercised his contractual right for a third fight but both camps could not stage the bout because the pandemic prevented them from having a live audience. When the restrictions eased up late last year, the camps tried to book it in December but with the unexpected resumption of the college football season, they were left without a PPV date.
Top Rank then considered the rematch clause expired and they proceeded to negotiate a title unification with Anthony Joshua. Unknown to them, Wilder’s camp went to a legal arbitrator to pursue his claim. Just days after Fury vs Joshua in Saudi Arabia was announced, the arbitrator ruled that Fury must fight Wilder before September 15th or pay a step aside fee. Top Rank chose to fight Wilder first so they can then concentrate later on their two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua.