Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder officially make rivalry’s third fight
LAS VEGAS – WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have both signed contracts for the third fight in their heavyweight rivalry.
During Josh Taylor-Jose Ramirez’s telecast on ESPN on Saturday, Fury said he signed his contract. Wilder also finalized his version of the deal, according to boxing manager Shelly Finkel.
The fight will take place on July 24, sources told ESPN. The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host the fight, Top Rank’s Bob Arum told ESPN’s Kel Dansby.
Fury will receive 60% of the purse to 40% for Wilder, sources told ESPN’s Mark Kriegel.
The deal comes six days after an independent referee ruled Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) is legally bound for a third fight with Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs).
The referee’s decision derailed negotiations between Fury and Anthony Joshua for an undisputed title fight in Saudi Arabia this summer. The two sides were set to finalize a deal ahead of Monday’s arbitration.
Discussions were limited over a possible “withdrawal” charge to Wilder to make Fury-Joshua possible.
Prior to the first fight in 2018 which ended in a draw, Wilder had eliminated all of his previous opponents. Fury came off the canvas in the 12th round to escape his first loss. In the 2020 rematch, Fury beat Wilder for a seventh round TKO victory. Neither of the two fighters has fought since the fight.