Bob Arum On Having Fury & Wilder Face-off: “No. Why Take A Chance?”

Bob Arum says there will be no weigh-in face-off between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder!

Bob Arum holding a mic, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face-off
Bob Arum (left), Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face-off

Bob Arum says there will be no weigh-in face-off between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder!


There’s nothing like a good, intense face-off before a huge showdown. Typically, a face-off happens at press conferences and weigh-ins before it’s go time! So, when that’s taken away, it feels like the fighters have been robbed of that last opportunity to look in their opponents eyes and exchange that high-intensity energy. This will be the case when it comes to the upcoming WBC heavyweight trilogy fight between WBC champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) and former champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs).

The weigh-in will be concluded without both men coming face-to-face with one another. While it’s disappointing, it’s very understandable. A genuine disdain for one another has grown between Fury and Wilder. Knowing this, you just don’t want to chance something happening that would put the fight in jeopardy.

ALL RISK, NO REWARD

Bob Arum revealed why the two gigantic rivals won’t come face-to-face until they step in the ring.

“Well, the answer is no…Top Rank and PBC have a lot invested, and with the vibe between the fighters and the terrible animosity, to do a face-off just tests the probability of something bad happening. Why take a chance? Why do it? I mean to see two guys staring at each other? I mean give me a break.”

Bob Arum makes a good point. Both Top Rank and PBC have invested tons of money not just in the fighters, but also into this event. Given how passionate and intense both men are, the last thing anyone wants is for something to happen that would derail the fight.

Case in point, a few weeks ago, unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and IBF champion Caleb Plant got physical. The altercation led to Plant being cut under his left eye. While it wasn’t a huge cut, it was still something that could’ve put the fight in jeopardy had it been more severe.

The good news is that we’re two days away from this mega heavyweight trilogy showdown, so a little bit of patience isn’t too much to be asked.

By: Jerrell Fletcher

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Jerrell Fletcher - Lead Journalist Jerrell "Big Kool" Fletcher is the host of YouTube boxing channel "Colossal Sports TV" and is the Lead Journalist for 3kingsboxing.com.