Many in the boxing world were confused as to why Deontay Wilder opted for a trilogy fight against Tyson Fury. The American was decimated by the Brit in one of the best heavyweight displays of the modern era earlier this year. Fury avenged the controversial draw from the first meeting to take all the gold from Wilder, but the American wasted little time in exercising his rematch clause.
His decision to do so has infuriated the boxing world, as many had hoped that a possible unification bout was scheduled to take place before the end of 2020. However, any hopes of that happened have been diminished following the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which has impacted all of the major sporting competitions around the world, including Serie A, NBA and the Olympic Games.
Fury vs Wilder Likely To Be Pushed Back
The potential bout was supposed to be taking place in July in Las Vegas, but there are already calls that the date will be pushed back until at least October. That stance has been reiterated by the chairman of Top Rank indicating that there is no chance that the fight will be going ahead as planned at the MGM Grand. All the casinos have been closed down in Nevada, while travel to and from the United States has also been suspended.
Fury is contractually obliged to face Wilder for a third time, with many claiming that the decision for the American to exercise his rematch is ruining the boxing fans’ dreams of seeing the biggest bout in the world of the sport. As soon as Fury beat Wilder in the States, talks immediately began over a potential unification bout in London against Anthony Joshua. The event would have been the biggest in the sport for many years, but that now seems incredibly unlikely.
Hearn Still Hopeful Of Joshua Fight
Joshua already has a fight of his own lined up, as he is slated to face Kubrat Pulev at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the end of June. Eddie Hearn is still hopeful that the fight can take place this year without having to be delayed, but he also admitted that he is flexible with the date, with the government advice likely to have an impact on whether the delay could be needed. However, Hearn has admitted that a unification bout could take priority depending on the schedule.
He admitted that the unification fight could happen first should delays continue to have an impact on international fighters facing off. However, should Fury/Wilder happen before the unification, then the wait for the biggest fight could be even later in 2021, as Dillian Whyte has already been granted his mandatory challenge for the WBC title before February 2021. That means that the unification fight may not be taking place until the summer of 2021 at the very earliest.