Bob Arum kills trilogy fight, heads into undisputed
By now, everyone is aware of the drama behind the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21ko) trilogy fight with former champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41ko). The saga has carried on for the duration of 2020. Now, with the recent tweet from legendary promoter Bob Arum, it appears there will not be a trilogy.
HOW DID WE GET HERE
On February 22, then-WBC champion Wilder was brutally beat down by Fury in their long-awaited rematch from 2018. The trilogy was supposed to take place in July. However, the current pandemic put everything on hold. Later, the rescheduled October date would also be cancelled. The contractual deadline for making the fight was December. The timetable was dealt a huge blow when FOX and ESPN advised both teams there were no available dates before 2021
Fury would then decide to move on from the trilogy. He looked to make a December 5 homecoming bout in hopes of making a run for undisputed with fellow countryman unified champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22ko).
Nevertheless, that fight was also canceled. Team Wilder, hoping to revive the trilogy, would file for a third party mediator handle the dispute.
SLEIGHT OF HAND
Okay, here is where things got very interesting. During an interview with Pep Talk UK, the Top Rank Boss dropped a huge bombshell. He revealed that he was able to talk Wilder into holding off all legal matters until after the results of Joshua’s title defense against Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14ko).
Now, if that is true and Team Wilder trusted the word of the Top Rank Boss, then they are probably throwing around the furniture in a fit of rage. Shortly after the unified champion dismantled Pulev via ninth-round knockout, Arum took to social media with a tweet that has left Team Wilder out in the cold without any clothes.
The boxing community will be ready and waiting to see what the response will be from Wilder.
By: Garrisson Bland