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Hidden Wilder, Raging Fury: “I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again…I’ve moved on”

Tyson Fury and his people insist that “The Gypsy King” will be returning to the ring before the end of 2020. That return was SUPPOSED to be against former WBC champ Deontay Wilder for a third time. At least, that’s what contracts and vows of revenge indicated. Now, however, it looks like the new WBC champ will be returning against someone other than Wilder.

Following Fury’s one-sided seventh-round demolition of Wilder in February, Wilder and his team immediately pounced on the rematch clause in the contract, forcing a fight three to take place next. But Wilder has already put off the rematch twice and missed the deadline to set a new December date. Now, apparently, Fury is moving on.

“I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight,” Fury told The Athletic. “But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date. They don’t really want to fight the lineal heavyweight champion. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: with Wilder on his a** again.”

Fury claims that the original July fight date was pushed back due to injury. Then the July date was pushed back to October.

“Then they asked me if I would agree to push it to December. I agreed to Dec. 19,” Fury continued. “Then they tried to change the date again into next year. I’ve been training. I’m ready. When they tried moving off Dec. 19 and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I’ve moved on.”

Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum is leaving the decision of whether or not to move on up to Fury.

“That’s up to Tyson because if we can’t, as appears to be the case, put on Wilder vs. Fury this year, Tyson wants to keep busy and we are going to accommodate him,” Arum recently told Talksport.

“December 19 can’t occur and there are no other available dates where a Wilder vs. Fury fight can happen in December.

“He [Fury] should do a fight in December in the UK against an opponent that will be selected and we will get ready for April or May for the great showdown that everyone wants to see, which is Fury against Joshua.”

Wilder, with the exception of a few cringe-worthy excuses made in the days following the loss, has been absolutely silent about all things Fury-related. Actually, “hidden,” might be a better word. There’s hardly been even a public sighting of “The Bronze Bomber” since the dust settled of an unsuccessful title defense. So, it’s anyone’s guess what’s in the mind of the ex-champ.

The problem for him, however, is that putting off the Fury bout frees up Fury to pursue other bouts. That means the Irishman facing another opponent in the UK, likely December 5. It also means Fury being able to move on to the long talked-about pair of title unification bouts with three-belt heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua in 2021. And if Wilder is still unwilling or unable to set a date for his rematch with Fury by the end of 2021, Fury is reportedly no longer required to honor that rematch clause.

Could it be that Wilder is understanding now that he needs a lot more work if he wants to stand a real chance against Fury, especially after the beating he suffered in their last bout? Could it be that Wilder is just in no position right now, physically or mentally, to jump back into the deep end of the heavyweight talent pool?

Paul Magno
Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]
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