Fury and Wilder had been initially slated to meet in the second half of 2020 in their trilogy meeting – but when a final bid to stage it on December 19 failed, the game appeared to be up.
Fury “moved on” and instead signed up to meet Anthony Joshua twice in 2021 in huge unification fights. Which left Wilder very much on the outside looking in when it comes to the title picture.
Wilder’s team, confident it still had the right to that third bout, took the case to arbitration. And on Monday, May 17, 2021, arbitrator Daniel Weinstein ruled in their favor.
His ruling – per several media reports – says Fury must fight Wilder for a third time by September 15, 2021. He did though allow for the scenario where the pair agree to an extension. This would likely include hefty step-aside money for Wilder – something which both camps have said will not happen.
So it is now full steam ahead for Fury vs Wilder 3, on Saturday, July 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury signed his contract for the bout on live TV during ESPN’s coverage of Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez on Saturday, May 22.
|Event||Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3|
|Venue||Las Vegas, Nevada|
Fury vs Wilder 3 TV channel and live stream
Fury vs Wilder 3 will be another joint pay-per-view production in the United States between ESPN and Fox Sports.
ESPN has a five-fight deal with Fury worth a reputed £80million while Fox has a deal with Wilder’s promoter, Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).
The fight will likely be shown by BT Sport Box Office in the UK. The network has shown all of Fury’s recent fights and has a strong relationship and contract with Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. You would be able to access a Wilder vs Fury 3 live stream on all major accepted devices only by signing up for the official pay-per-view with BT Sport. You can stream the fight by click here.
Fury vs Wilder 3 odds
Not surprisingly given the manner of his victory in the rematch, Fury is a strong favorite to defeat Wilder for a second time.
UK bookmakers have ‘The Gypsy King’ is as short as 2/7 to retain his WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight titles. Wilder meanwhile is very much the outsider and as big as 11/4 in places.
The draw – obviously not impossible given the outcome of the first fight – is a best-priced 27/1.
Meanwhile, in the United States Fury is a best-priced -270 to prevail again, but as short as -350 in places. The best price for Wilder is +275.
Fury vs Wilder 3 weights
The weigh-in for Fury vs Wilder 3 will be held in Las Vegas on July 24, 2021. It could again provide a real clue to what might happen on fight night.
Fury vs Wilder 2 brought plenty of interest at the weigh-in as both men came in significantly heavier than they had for the first meeting. Fury was 273lbs – 17lbs than the first meeting and the third heaviest of his career.
Wilder meanwhile weighed in at 231lbs – the highest of his career to date.
Clearly, the extra weight suited Fury better as he showed off a more aggressive game plan than in the first bout, while Wilder appeared listless in comparison.
Fury vs Wilder 3 purses
While the final PPV buys a figure of 850,000 in the United States for the rematch was seen as slightly disappointing to many observers given the might of a joint ESPN/Fox promotion, the fighters still did pretty nicely out of it.
According to Forbes’ list of the biggest-earning athletes in the last 12 months, Fury took home a whopping $26million (£21million) for a very successful night’s work. The majority came from PPV upside. Wilder meanwhile pocketed around $25million (£20million).
In theory – despite the one-sided nature of their second fight – the trilogy when it happens should rake in even more revenue with Fury having only boosted his profile in the United States.
Tyson Fury record and profile
Tyson Luke Fury was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester on August 12, 1988, and now resides in Morecambe, Lancashire. He has enormous physical tools (amazing when you consider he weighed just one pound at birth).
He now stands 6ft 9ins tall with a reach of 85 inches. His father John, also a boxer, named him after former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Fury has lived up to his name and remains unbeaten as a pro at 30-0-1, 30 victories, and one draw in a total of 31 bouts. Twenty-one of Fury’s victories has come inside the distance.
There are two distinct segments to Fury’s career – the first going from his debut on the undercard of Carl Froch vs Jean Pascal back in December 2008 right through to that epic victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015.
‘The Gypsy King’ upped his record to 25-0 that night and the world looked to be his oyster.
Instead, he was on the brink of boxing oblivion.