Tyson Fury signs contracts for Deontay Wilder trilogy on July 24 as Bob Arum says ‘official announcement’ to be made next week after Anthony Joshua collapse
Tyson Fury signed his contract to face Deontay Wilder for a third time and vowed to knock out the Bronze Bomber in the first round.
Fury’s camp spent months in negotiations for an undisputed fight with fellow British champion Anthony Joshua, however this fell through when Wilder successfully enforced his rematch clause with an arbitration ruling.
Instead, the ‘Gypsy King’ must now face the ‘Bronze Bomber’ once more.
The terms for the fight are already laid out from their initial contract, and was confirmed for July 24 in Las Vegas.
Fury’s US co-promoter Bob Arum told talkSPORT that his man’s trilogy fight with Wilder was a ‘done deal’ and most likely be announced next week after contracts were signed on Saturday night.
Arum told Fight Night on talkSPORT: “It’s going ahead.
“It’s a two-page document because you have the terms from the prior deal.
“Everybody’s agreed. In my opinion the deal is done.”
When asked if it will be officially announced next week, the promoter added: “Yep, probably yes.”
Later in the evening, Fury crashed ESPN’s broadcast of Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez to confirm he’s now signed the contract, something Wilder did the day before.
Top Rank put out a Tweet in the early hours of the morning confirming the contracts had been signed.
In a video, Fury said: “Wilder is a p***y and an excuse maker and a s***house. Shall we do it and put him out of his misery and seriously smash him to bits? Crack his other side of his skull, give him another shoulder injury, a leg injury, a nut sack injury, the whole lot.
“Are you sure now? Or shall we hijack out of here and go to Saudi Arabia and fight somebody else?
“I will sign here, as a man. Wilder contract signed. You are getting smashed and when I say smashed I mean smash, smash, smash. You’re getting knocked out, one round. End of.
“I’ve got your soul, your mojo and I own you. Super smashed.”
In their first bout, the two heavyweights drew in a result many saw as controversial against the Brit. Fury left no doubt in the rematch though, stopping Wilder in seven rounds.
Arum said: “He knows the best way to fight Wilder is to take it to him because Wilder has only one chance and that’s with the tremendous punch.
“But if you overwhelm him, you take away that weapon.”
In the meantime, Joshua has been ordered to defend his belts against WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk.
Regarding whether AJ vs Fury would be even bigger if they both win their next fights, Arum said: “I think that would certainly be the case.
“But I think more encouragingly it would be in a world, in a situation where COVID is in the rear-view mirror.
“Where that fight belongs – I don’t care what the money is – is in the UK.
“Let’s say in November or December we put that fight in Cardiff, Wales, I think that’d be tremendous, it’d be unbelievable.
“I’m not ruling out Saudi Arabia, I’m not in a position to rule out anything, but there’s something poetic about the biggest fight in British history taking place in the UK.”