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Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury Verbally Agree To Third Fight In July

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One fight wasn’t enough. Apparently, two fights weren’t either. So now we are getting Round 3 of Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder, which both parties verbally agreed to on Thursday and is now tentatively set for July 24 in Las Vegas.

Prior to Thursday, Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) was in negotiations with Anthony Joshua’s camp for a match. Many had preferred that fight, but an arbitrator stepped in and ordered a third fight between Fury and Wilder.

The first match finished in a split decision, but the second go-around clearly favored Fury. We then saw a LeBron James-level excuse after the fight with Wilder blaming his heavy suit for pre-fight fatigue.

Will a third time be the charm for Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs)?

Hopefully we can avoid some of the theatrics before the fight, and that way what we get during the fight can be better than what we saw in Round 2. I’m a big Wilder fan, but we don’t want any excuses this time.

Are you excited for Round 3 or are you upset that Fury-Joshua isn’t happening?

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Meh, I’d rather have a new fight than something that’s been seen before twice. 1st fight was interesting, worthy of a 2nd fight. Fury controlled much of the 1st fight but the 2 knock downs late is the only reason it got to a draw, leading to fight 2. 2nd fight kind of removed all doubt as it was a thorough ass whooping. Wilder definitely has a punchers chance on a 3rd fight but he’d have to have a KO.

    Disappointing, yet not surprising. Boxing is political & corrupt. Reason we didn’t get a Mayweather/PacMan fight until they were both senior citizens.

  2. I think Fury Joshua is a much more needed fight and the longer they keep putting it off the less it’s going to draw interest. Now, if Fury gets KOd by Wilder we’ll have a true mess. Then a Fury Joshua fight loses its allure and everyone will clamor for Wilder Joshua. Fury has to be careful here with Wilder, because he could have very well lost the first fight by KO if the ref did a 10 count at normal speed. Fury’s a far better boxer than Wilder, but a puncher like Wilder can end anyone on one punch if they make a mistake.

  3. I love boxing, especially good matches, I don’t need the hype, I can enjoy a well fought regional boxing match just as much as a big heavyweight fight; as long as it is well fought. In a way , I hope this is over even more quickly than the last one to further illustrate what a dolt Wilder is.

  4. I would have preferred Fury-Joshua first so at least we could have a unanimous Heavyweight Champion for at least a little while. What happens if Fury wins again and Joshua is forced to fight some arbitrary #1 challenger that his championships require, before he can fight Fury. It’s been a long time since all the belts were available to be fought for with one bout. Tyson-Fury now would have offered us that. These mandatory rematch clauses can really lead to unintended circumstances, like this.

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