The highly anticipated world heavyweight unification title fight that was set for this year looks now to be heading for 2021
Last month, Tyson Fury took on Deontay Wilder for the second time. The British heavyweight came out victorious, beating Wilder in the seventh round. As a result, Fury was now world heavyweight champion.
In the contract signed for the fight, there was an agreement for a third fight. Wilder exercised this clause and so a third fight was due to take place on July 18th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand is currently closed due to the current situation.
Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, has said that there is no chance of a fight behind closed doors. Last months fight was the biggest in a decade. Both men made millions from the first fight so would be happy to wait in order for another payday.
Warren has also said that the third fight might have to wait until October now. The winner of this fight would go on to fight the winner of AJ vs Pulev, which as it stands is still on for June 20th. However, AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said this could now be in July due to the Premier League being pushed back.
Both of these fights need to happen, and the winner of each will go on to fight in a unification title fight. Many boxing fans, especially British ones, would love to see a Fury vs AJ fight.
2020 heavyweight fights
AJ vs Pulev is most likely to happen first. After beating Ruiz Jr. in their rematch, AJ goes into the fight as the 1/10 favourite with Paddy Power. He won’t be taking his opponent lightly though as Ruiz Jr. caused a huge upset beating AJ the first time. Pulev is priced at 11/2 and now AJ has shown he can be beaten, who knows.
No surprise Fury is the favourite for the rematch, whenever that happens. He is priced at 2/7 with Wilder at 5/2. Fury showed just how good he was in the fight and will be expecting to do the same the next time around.