Tyson Fury is set to agree to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time just a few weeks after he walked away from a trilogy fight, with his planned December bout now cancelled.
The Gypsy King was due to face off again against his American heavyweight rival in the summer but the contest was delayed on numerous occasions due to a combination of the coronavirus crisis and an injury sustained by Wilder.
Fury lost patience with the delays coming from Wilder’s camp and announced he would defend his title against another opponent at the Royal Albert Hall on December 5, holding talks with Agit Kabayel.
But with Wilder threatening legal action over the contractual obligation for a third fight, Fury has now cancelled his December plans and is likely to give in to the Bronze Bomber’s demands.
‘The Gypsy King is returning in 2021,’ Fury tweeted over the weekend, confirming the Kabayel fight was scrapped. ‘Only those that have supported me 100% since my comeback will be with me for the glory.’
The Brit’s promoter, Frank Warren, also confirmed the news and now expects Fury to return to the ring in spring in the United States, with Wilder his most likely opponent.
‘Tyson hasn’t been in the ring since defeating Wilder [in February] and he really didn’t want to be out for a full year or more and was eager to box again for his home fans,’ explained Warren.
‘We did everything we could to get December 5 done but between Top Rank and ESPN we could not find a way to make it work without fans during the Covid pandemic.
‘ESPN hold the TV contract rights over there to his forthcoming fights so it’s the US next for Tyson in late February or March.
‘Although our priority has always been the big fight with Anthony Joshua, ideally that would be in the UK. So we now await the judge’s findings in America with regard to Wilder. That is still a huge fight in its own right.’
A unification fight against AJ had been pencilled in for May or June but Fury’s date with Wilder at the start of the year means that highly anticipated all-British clash will have to wait until late summer – assuming both boxers win their fights before then.
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