After Tyson Fury got the better of Deontay Wilder in their anticipated rematch, it looked as if all eventual roads to boxing’s “Battle of Britain” were finally cleared and then a global pandemic got in the way of such a plan.
A plan that would have seen Fury go up against domestic foe Anthony Joshua and in doing so, all the belts within the heavyweight division would be up for grabs. A scenario which would also create an undisputed champion once and for all.
Something that fight fans all over the world will have been clamouring for and the longer the effects of COVID-19 knocked the globe to the canvas, the more distant a planned duel between the two would become.
Not only that, but the more time it took Fury and Joshua to throw barbs at each other across social media, the more it left the door open for the former WBC champion Wilder to throw his hat back into the ring.
After being comfortably beaten in February of last year, the assumption was that “The Bronze Bomber” would step aside from his rightful rematch and the third leg of what was quickly becoming a famous trilogy.
A stance that everyone in the fight game thought the now 35-year-old would take and perhaps mistakenly, everyone who was charged with trying to bring together two of Britain’s best ever heavyweights.
Because no matter the sums of money that may have been generated, the likes of Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum forgot that the man with a 42-1-1 fight record still possessed a legal and rightful claim to a title shot. One that he was still hellbent on claiming for himself.
For all the talk of a British deal being days away and nearly over the line, it was going to cost a substantial amount of money to clear the last genuine roadblock and that roadblock came in trying to pay off Wilder’s intentions to fight.
Intentions that reportedly came to the tune of $20m and with everyone baulking at the fee being quoted, it seems as if the American boxer had already earned himself a victory before returning to the ring.
Of course, there was a much larger victory before the gloves were laced back up and that came in the courtroom, as arbitration talks concluded that the 6ft7in Wilder did have a genuine claim to go to the front of the queue.
Which meant if $20m could not be found or at least it could be found but there was no willingness to pay it, there was only one other option. That being, Fury vs Wilder III is now rubber stamped, with the clash set to take place in July.
This duel will undoubtedly garner a whole host of attention with the sportsbooks and if you are looking to place a bet, BET MGM promo codes will certainly put some action into the fight. The question is though, just who do you back?
In any situation such as this, there is always a sense of the champion’s advantage, and this was the case when the two men in question met for the first time. Because for the simple reason that the champion does not need to win, he just does not need to lose.
In the first iteration of this soon to be trilogy, it looked as if the challenger was going to claim one of boxing’s richest prizes for himself, only to then be floored by a devastating right-left combination in the final round.
A show of force which ultimately led to the first chapter of this story ending in a draw and as mentioned, it is here where the champions advantage kicks in – with a draw meaning the belt will not change hands.
That wrong was certainly put right the next time they met and with Wilder being schooled by Fury while subsequently tasting professional defeat for the first time, it brings us full circle to the current situation.
Can the current WBC kingpin beat his American foe for a second successive time and finally clear a path to his biggest rival and compatriot Anthony Joshua, only time will tell. However, if it does then surely that “Battle of Britain” will finally be inked, and the haymakers will eventually begin to fly.