Bob Arum: We Honor Deontay Wilder’s Rematch Clause

Bob Arum: Third Fight is Up to Wilder

Bob Arum (left), Deontay Wilder
Bob Arum (left), Deontay Wilder

Bob Arum: Third Fight is Up to Wilder

Geez! Not only did Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) win his high stakes rematch with Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) he did so in shockingly devastating fashion. Given the amount of people who thought that Fury won the first contest, it was no great surprise that he prevailed in and of itself, but the fashion in which he did was.

For those pulling for Fury, the common consensus was that he would win by way of twelve-round decision. The Gypsy King was believed to be the far superior boxer who would use his skillset to outwit and out maneuver the thunderous puncher in Wilder.

Yet, despite what the people were theorizing, Fury openly said that he intended to go straight after the Bomber and chase the knockout. Even though the public thought this was some sort of ruse, in the end, the Gypsy King was being completely transparent.


From the clang of the opening bell, Tyson Fury literally ran over and brought the fight to Wilder the entire night. The plan worked like a charm! There was never any extended sequence of the bout that saw Wilder have any real success or even look comfortable.

As a result, the fearsome puncher was out-boxed, beat up, bloodied and dropped several times en route to his own corner throwing in the towel in the seventh round. During the post-fight conference, legendary Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reiterated that Fury had openly revealed his plan throughout the entire build-up.

“All I have to say is Tyson Fury and I repeated what his game plan was going to be. Maybe the other side thought that we were fooling and trying to throw them off. But that was the game plan, we told you the game plan, Tyson Fury executed the game plan to perfection and he knocked out Wilder in the seventh round. It was all laid out in front of you guys, you can’t say you didn’t know what he was going to do.

…when he told me what his game plan was, I told him that’s the absolute best game plan. You don’t fight a puncher dancing away and boxing him for twelve rounds, because if you do it you’re playing with fire. And at any time you can get hit by the punchers best punch and that’s lights out.

But what you gotta do is jump on the puncher, tire him out, take him into waters where he is tired, try to knock him out and if you can’t, he won’t be able to hurt you in the later rounds. And that’s what Tyson Fury did, and that’s how he won the fight.”


Given the ferocity of the trouncing that Wilder suffered, the question now is will he even want to enact his rematch clause. When asked about his thoughts on the matter, Arum did not pretend to be a psychic and merely said that the ball was now in the Bronze Bomber’s court.

“The question is not for me to answer, the question is directed to Deontay Wilder. He can opt out of a third fight now and get himself together and maybe do it again next year. In which case, Tyson Fury would keep himself busy with other opponents. If Deontay Wilder wants to go ahead with the third fight, that’s what the contract says and we honor contracts.”

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the former WBC champion wants to do next. Yet, given the domination displayed in this fight, Wilder certainly has a serious decision to make.

By: Bakari Simpson

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