Deontay Wilder has signed contract to fight top boxing star as date set
Deontay Wilder has signed his portion of a contract to fight on July 24th against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a trilogy match.
Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) has signed, and now they’re waiting for Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) to make the trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, to sign his portion of the contract to get the deal done.
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum said they were looking at staging the fight with Wilder at three possible venues in Las Vegas:
The 65,000 seat Allegiant Stadium is believed to be the top choice for Arum to stage the Fury vs. Wilder 3 trilogy.
Fury is entitled to a 60-40 split in his favor as part of the rematch contract from their previous fight in February 2020. Both fighters will make good money for the fight, but Fury won’t get anywhere near the $75 million that he would have received to face Anthony Joshua on August 14th in Saudi Arabia.
That fight has now been canceled due to Fury losing his arbitration case with ‘The Bronze Bomber,’ which came about because the British fighter chose not to honor the rematch clause for his rematch with Wilder.
Most fans would agree that Wilder had the worst performance of his career against Fury last year, and the fight would not indicate how good of a fighter he is.
It was a perfect storm for Wilder with him going into the contest with an injured right bicep, wearing out his legs during the ring-walk while wearing a heavy costume, and then getting hit in the back of the head by Fury early on.
Arum says it wasn’t possible to give Wilder a step aside because it would have too much. Although Fury was supposed to get $75 million for the Joshua fight, he obviously didn’t want to give away one-third of that to Wilder for a step aside, even though walking away with $50 million isn’t a bad thing.
Fury believes he can afford not to pay Wilder a step aside payment because he’s confident he’ll beat him. If Fury loses to Wilder, it’s fair to that that he’ll have wished that he’d given him the $20 million step aside.
He won’t get the $75 million to face Joshua coming off a loss, and he would be stuck in a position where he would need to try and avenge his defeat.