• Fury vs. Wilder III will have to wait
  • Fury eyes tune-up fight next
  • Arum says boxing may be in for long wait

Tyson Fury was set to face Deontay Wilder in July but the fight date was reset to October. Now, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum bares that there are new changes with the third encounter not happening until November or December at the earliest.

This was the latest update coming from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. Considering the pounding that Wilder took from the Gypsy King, critics feel the longer layoff would give him more time to recover. That loss to Fury was the first in Wilder's boxing career. Also, it appears the 34-year-old former boxing champion is not in the cards for Fury's next bout.

With the layoff and governing conditions caused by the coronavirus, it appears that the camp of Fury will shift to a low-profile fight. It is branded more as a tune-up for the British boxing champion. But other things need to be factored in, World Boxing News reported.

The first is bringing Fury to the United States where he could face an unknown but lower-ranked fighter. A fight with Wilder could take place but such raises questions on financing. Given that the coronavirus has affected a lot of businesses, drawing in sponsors will be hard and a big problem.

The next issue is getting Fury to the United States. Arum believes the Gypsy King has belonged there and has created a huge following. Fury is currently in England where travel restrictions are in place - similar to the US.

In short, Fury's next fight holds low chances of bringing in revenue. He is unlikely to earn well both from the fight and gate receipts. Considering the medium right now is showing fights live and online, Arum raises another problem. Pay-per-views are normally charged at $80 for people who want to watch. With most dealing with financial difficulty, the Top Rank promoter mentions how people may not be willing to pay that amount right now.

Hence, it has become a waiting game for Fury, Wilder, and all of boxing. It is the same predicament for most. There are dates set but even those are no assurance that boxers will be back in action. It will be a long wait but that is the only thing that Arum, Fury, and the rest of the world can do right now.

Tyson Fury (R) beat Otto Wallin during in their heavyweight bout in Las Vegas
Tyson Fury (R) beat Otto Wallin during in their heavyweight bout in Las Vegas GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / David Becker