This Saturday night, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder decide their rivalry as they fight for the WBC heavyweight title for the third time.
Fury and his American enemy fought to a controversial split draw in December 2018, with the Briton then beating Wilder via the seventh round stop in their rematch in February 2020.
That win prompted Fury, 33, to extend his unbeaten record to 19-0 as he surrendered to Wilder his first defeat and took the ‘Bronze Bomber’s WBC belt, which is back on the line at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this weekend.
A full capacity of 20,000 people is expected to take part in the seismic battle, which was to ensure large pay days for each fighter jet.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the contractually guaranteed purses for the pair’s second game were $ 5 million for each man.
However, ESPN reported that Fury and Wilder would both likely receive more than $ 25 million. For that match — and that is without taking into account pay-per-view points.
The same report suggested that a trilogy match would involve a 60/40 split in favor of Fury.
Based on the above information, it can be expected that Fury’s base salary will be $ 6m to Wilder’s $ 4m – at least.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the match:
When is the match and where will it be?
The match is ready for October 9, when the T-Mobile Arena will accommodate as many as 20,000 capacities in Las Vegas.
What happened in the previous matches?
Fury first took on the then-defending WBC champion in Los Angeles in 2018, where the Bronze Bomber retained the belt after a controversial draw
Fury then sensationally knocked Wilder out in their rematch in Las Vegas in February 2020 in what turned out to be his last act in the ring.
Shouldn’t Fury fight Anthony Joshua?
Fury had announced in May that the British couple would clash in Saudi Arabia on August 14, but he has now been told he must first make a rematch against Wilder.
Attempts to secure a third match were complicated by an injury to Wilder, an absence of available TV dates and the Covid pandemic that prompted Fury to move on based on the assumption that any deal had expired.
Judge Daniel Weinstein then upheld Wilder’s claim that he was contractually due to a rematch with Fury, which was originally scheduled to take place before September 15 this year.
Joshua instead took on the WBO’s obligatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk and suffered defeat in London, with Frank Warren claiming that it is now unlikely that Fury and Joshua will fight. Joshua and Usyk may instead fight for a rematch in early 2022.
Fury Points or Decision 13/5
Tyson Fury KO / TKO 5/6
Wilder Points or Decision 14/1
Wilder KO / TKO 11/4
All odds via Betfair