Fury Provides Update On Wilder, Joshua Fights

May 26, 2020
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World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has expressed confidence he will fight Deontay Wilder for a third time this year before taking on compatriot Anthony Joshua in 2021.

Fury defeated Wilder in their rematch in February to become heavyweight world champion for the second time.

Wilder immediately triggered a clause in his contract for a third time with the bout scheduled for July 18.

But the outbreak of the coronavirus pushed the fight back initially to October 3 and then again to November or December.

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Boxing is set to return in America next month and in Britain in July but will initially be held behind closed doors.

And Fury accepts he will be unable to fight in either location with Australia and Macau touted as possible venues for his next fight.

“I can travel back to America, President Trump has lifted the athlete ban but people can’t travel,” Fury said.

“We’ll find a place we can have a live gate; I’ll fight once this year and it will be with a live audience.

“All these countries are trying to be big players so they want the biggest fights.

“I have a bag and I will travel. Most of my big fights haven’t been in the UK, they’ve been in Germany and America; wherever the fight take place, I’ll be happy to travel there.”

Should Fury see off Wilder – and assuming Joshua beats Kubrat Pulev – the Brits are expected to clash next year with a two-fight deal expected to be struck.

But Fury warned: “What happens if I get sparked out by Wilder in the rematch?

“If lockdown finishes and we get a vaccine and the world gets back to normal I can see two fights with Joshua next year, assuming I get past Wilder, which is not a given.

“If I don’t prepare like I did last time, like a trojan warrior with no Diet Cokes, then I can’t see myself winning again.

“If I go into this camp taking it lightly, Deontay Wilder will most probably knock me into next week.

“I’ve got to approach it as if i didn’t beat him the first time or the second time and that I’m very, very hungry.”

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