Deontay Wilder’s camp has denied reports a third blockbuster heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury has been abandoned.
A Wilder-Fury trilogy has been touted after the latter stripped the American of the WBC title in February’s rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Wilder (41-1-1) has the right to a third bout against British star Fury (30-0-1) and while Dec. 19 has been talked of as a potential date for their next battle, nothing has been confirmed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There have been claims that Wilder no longer has a contractual clause for the rematch, leaving Anthony Joshua to take on Fury instead.
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However, Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports: “They are wrong, we will fight in December.”
It comes as Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren raised doubts over the in-demand fight.
“I don’t know if that fight can get on this year,” Warren told BT Sport. “Promoters on both sides, we have worked very hard to make it happen, but it’s looking like it will not happen.
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“There’s talk about it happening next year. Tyson has been training like a lot of guys solidly since February, and he wants to fight this year.
“My concern is Tyson’s welfare and well-being, and delivering what he wants, so he will fight this year. Contractual commitments are what they are, but contracts do not go on forever and if the fight cannot be delivered within the contractual period, Tyson will move on and maybe revisit the fight another time.
“He will be out this year because that’s what he wants.”
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