A third fight between Deontay Wilder and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will happen this summer Fury’s promoter Bob Arum has confirmed.
Both men fought to a draw in their first bout in 2018 and Fury scored a seventh round TKO against Wilder last weekend to claim the title.
The terms of the second bout allowed for the loser to call for a rematch within 30 days and Arum told Ringside Reporter he has been “formally notified” by Wilder’s team that they wanted a rematch.
Arum said the fight will hold “before the Olympics – July”.
The development has put paid to recent talks about a unification bout between Fury and fellow Briton Anthony Joshua which had gathered momentum after Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn initiated talks with Fury’s camp.
Joshua, who holds three belts, is now expected to fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory IBF bout, possibly in London.
And Arum said he could “guarantee Pulev will knock out Joshua like Fury knocked out Wilder”.
“I will look at a Pulev/Fury fight to unify the belts at the end of the year,” he added.
Meanwhile in his appearance since his loss, Wilder vowed to “rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title” after last week’s defeat in Las Vegas.
The American was sent to the canvas twice and suffered a busted ear drum before his corner threw in the towel I’d a flurry of blows from Fury.
“Your king is here and I’m not going anywhere, for the war has just begun,” he said.”
I’m a king that will never give up and will fight to the death. I am a warrior, I am strong and I will be back.”