Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 is finally about to happen on Saturday October 9 after yet another delay when Fury and members of his team tested positive for COVID-19 in early July 2021.
Fury vs Wilder 3: Date and time
Fury was slated to fight Wilder for the third time on Saturday, July 24 but plans were put on hold for the trilogy fight.
‘The Gypsy King’ tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, July 8 and his clash with Wilder has now been rescheduled for Saturday, October 9.
It is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a full house of 20,000 fans in attendance.
The WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles will be on the line.
Fury vs Wilder 3 TV channel and live stream
Fury vs Wilder 3 will be another joint pay-per-view production in the United States between ESPN and Fox Sports.
ESPN has a five-fight deal with Fury worth a reputed £80million while Fox has a deal with Wilder’s promoter, Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).
The fight will be shown by BT Sport Box Office in the UK. The network has shown all of Fury’s recent fights and has a strong relationship and contract with Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. You can access a Wilder vs Fury 3 live stream on all major accepted devices only by signing up for the official pay-per-view with BT Sport. You can stream the fight on the BT Sport Box Office app.
The controversial subject of illegal streams was much talked about after the rematch, with claims from piracy expert Wayne Lonstein of VT Solutions that up to 20million people may have watched the bout in this way.
Fury vs Wilder 3 six-minute face off
Fury and Wilder met for the press conference to officially confirm the fight on Tuesday June 15, 2021.
The highlight of the Los Angeles gathering was an epic SIX-MINUTE face-off between the pair, with neither man apparently wanting to break it up and lose a mental edge.
Eventually it was Deontay who put on his sunglasses and walked away, to cheers from team Fury – who shouted “we’ve won”.
Time will tell whether it matters in the grand scheme of things – but it was high drama and pure theatre.
Not surprisingly given the manner of his victory in the rematch, Fury is a strong favourite to defeat Wilder for a second time.
UK bookmakers have ‘The Gypsy King’ is a best-priced 4/11 to retain his WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles. Wilder meanwhile is very much the outsider and is biggest at 5/2.
The draw – obviously not impossible given the outcome of the first fight – is a best-priced 28/1.
Meanwhile in the United States Fury is a best-priced -275 to prevail again. The best price about Wilder is +250.
The weigh-in for Fury vs Wilder 3 will be held in Las Vegas on Friday October 8, 2021. It could again provide a real clue to what might happen on fight night.
Fury vs Wilder 2 brought plenty of interest at the weigh-in as both men came in significantly heavier than they had for the first meeting. Fury was 273lbs – 17lbs more than the first meeting and the third heaviest of his career.
Wilder meanwhile weighed in at 231lbs – the highest of his career to date.
Clearly the extra weight suited Fury better as he showed off a more aggressive game plan than in the first bout, while Wilder appeared listless in comparison.
While the final PPV buy figure of 850,000 in the United States for the rematch was seen as slightly disappointing to many observers given the might of a joint ESPN/Fox promotion, the fighters still did pretty nicely out of it.
According to Forbes’ list of the biggest-earning athletes in the last 12 months, Fury took home a whopping $26million (£21million) for a very successful night’s work. The majority came from PPV upside. Wilder meanwhile pocketed around $25million (£20million).
In theory – despite the one-sided nature of their second fight – the trilogy when it happens should rake in even more revenue with Fury having only boosted his profile in the United States.
Tyson Fury record and profile
Tyson Luke Fury was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester on August 12, 1988 and now resides in Morecambe, Lancashire. He has enormous physical tools (amazing when you consider he weighed just one pound at birth).
He now stands 6ft 9ins tall with reach of 85 inches. His father John, also a boxer, named him after former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Fury has lived up to his name and remains unbeaten as a pro at 30-0-1, 30 victories and one draw in a total of 31 bouts. Twenty-one of Fury’s victories have come inside distance.
There are two distinct segments to Fury’s career – the first going from his debut on the undercard of Carl Froch vs Jean Pascal back in December 2008 right through to that epic victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015.
‘The Gypsy King’ upped his record to 25-0 that night and the world looked to be his oyster.