Frank Warren, co-promoter for WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is not ruling out the possibility of a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder in 2021.
Fury saw action back in February, when he stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC world title. They fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December 2018.
Wilder exercised an immediate rematch clause, with the third bout being pushed back several times due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Eventually, Fury got tired of waiting and booked a planned return on December 5 at Royal Albert Hall.
Wilder and his handlers began a legal claim to force the third meeting with Fury. On the other end, Fury and his team believe the rematch clause has expired.
But now Fury’s return for December is off, with the boxer announcing that his next fight will happen in 2021.
Warren explains that Fury’s next fight is likely going to land on a date in February or March. And a Wilder trilogy fight is still possible – depending on the outcome of the legal claim.
“Tyson hasn’t been in the ring since defeating Wilder 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. We did everything we could to get December 5 done but between [co-promoter] Top Rank and ESPN we could not find a way to make it work without fans during the COVID pandemic,” Warren told Daily Mail.
“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.”