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Fury versus Wilder third fight to hold ‘before Olympics,’ says Arum

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 22, 2020 US boxer Deontay Wilder reacts during his World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title boxing match against British boxer Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . – Deontay Wilder plans to activate his rematch clause for a third fight with Tyson Fury after his seventh-round TKO loss to the Briton, US media reported February 24, 2020.<br />Yahoo Sports reported Wilder would seek a rematch — and that he says a miscalculation with his ring-walk costume proved costly in the first defeat of his career.<br />Wilder told Yahoo Sports the embossed armor-like costume, complete with a full face mask, weighed 40 pounds (18 kg), and by the time he’d made his way to the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena his legs were compromised. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP)

Tyson Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum has followed Frank Warren’s lead by saying the Gypsy King’s third bout versus Deontay Wilder will take place this summer, reports talkSPORT.com.

Warren, Fury’s UK promoter, wrote an exclusive column for talkSPORT.com last week in which he revealed Fury vs Wilder III is ‘pencilled in for Las Vegas in July’.

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And now Top Rank boss Arum has done the same as his fellow co-promoter by claiming to Ringside Reporter the fight will go ahead ‘before the Olympics – July’.

The Tokyo Games are due to begin on Friday, July 24, meaning there are three weeks available for the bout to be scheduled in if it is to take place ahead of the tournament’s opening ceremony.

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Wilder has a rematch clause that has to be triggered within 30 days of his first-ever defeat, and Arum also revealed he has been ‘formally notified’ the American’s team are in the process of calling the rematch.

The big fight for Fury after his third encounter with Wilder is Anthony Joshua.

AJ is expected to go up against Kubrat Pulev in London in June for a mandatory IBF bout, with a fight vs Fury on the cards sometime later in 2020.

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Arum, however, claims ‘Pulev will knock out Joshua like Fury knocked out Wilder’, and says he ‘will look at a Pulev/Fury fight to unify the belts at the end of the year’.

In his talkSPORT.com, Warren also discussed the possible Fury vs Joshua bout.

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“Joshua’s side has been inevitably shouting their mouths off, but this is Tyson’s moment,” wrote Warren. “Of course we want to make that fight, but both have contractual commitments and fights that have got to be dealt with. They’ve got to satisfy the Pulev mandatory.

“We want to get the fight on, the fight will be on a 50/50 basis and it’s as simple as that. No-one’s gonna duck it. Anthony Joshua needs Tyson, he’s in his slipstream now, he needs him.

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“It’s Fury vs Joshua, not Joshua vs Fury. Joshua’s got Tyson’s belts that he vacated. Tyson’s the main man, but egos have got to go out the window.

“Some keen-eyed viewers also noticed that I was sat next to Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid at the fight, a man heavily involved in taking the Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch to his country.

“He’s a massive boxing fan, he’s very knowledgeable about the sport and he was impressed with Tyson. I know he’s also interested in Anthony Joshua, maybe they’ll come in and do something when the pair finally meet.”

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