June tenth, 2021
When heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury and former titleholder Deontay Wilder meet for the third time on July 24 at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas, the principle occasion will probably be accompanied by a trio of different heavyweight fights on the undercard of the pay-per-view broadcast.
High Rank chairman Bob Arum, Fury’s co-promoter with Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions, mentioned High Rank and Premier Boxing Champions, which represents Wilder, dealt with the development of the undercard in the identical method that they did for the Fury-Wilder rematch that happened in February 2020 on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which means High Rank acquired to make one struggle of its selection, PBC did a struggle of its selecting, and one struggle will match a High Rank boxer with one from the PBC secure.
Arum, who mentioned there will probably be a proper information convention to announce Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III on Tuesday in Los Angeles, outlined the undercard solely for World Boxing Information.
Within the co-feature, PBC will placed on a rematch between Robert Helenius and Adam Kownacki. However, two rising contenders will meet earlier than that bout when High Rank’s Efe Ajagba, a former PBC fighter, squares off with PBC’s Frank Sanchez.
High Rank will placed on prime prospect Jared Anderson within the opening bout towards Vladimir Treshkin in a scheduled eight-rounder.
“An all heavyweight pay-per-view,” Arum mentioned. “It’s higher to do all heavyweights, good heavyweight fights, with the heavyweight championship slightly than these smaller guys. They’ve a very good one, Helenius-Kownacki. And Ajagba-Sanchez? Is it aggressive? You’re god rattling proper. No one needs a non-competitive struggle. They shouldn’t need that. And Anderson goes to struggle an undefeated man, a very good undefeated fighter.”
Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs), 37, of Finland, scored a major upset when he knocked out Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs), 32, within the fourth spherical on March 7, 2020, at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, New York, the Poland-born Kownacki’s hometown. The struggle, which headlined a PBC on Fox card, was the final main struggle earlier than the coronavirus pandemic shut boxing down for a number of months.
Kownacki, who had been on the quick monitor to a world title alternative, exercised his contractual proper to a rematch, and they’re going to meet once more, though a couple of months later than initially deliberate.
The 27-year-old Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs), a 2016 Olympian for Nigeria, who relies in Houston, has proven large one-punch energy, together with a highlight-reel knockout in his most up-to-date struggle, which was a third-round destruction of Brian Howard on April 10 on the undercard of the vacant WBO gentle heavyweight title bout between Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs), 28, a Cuba native combating out of Miami, is a part of coach Eddy Reynoso’s camp, together with pound-pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez. Sanchez has been combating on Alvarez’s undercards, most not too long ago a one-sided sixth-round technical resolution over journeyman Nagy Aguilera on Could 8 on the Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders present at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Blue-chip prospect Anderson (9-0, 9 KOs), 21, of Toledo, Ohio, has been spectacular in every of his fights to date, together with his final bout, a second-round knockout of Jeremiah Karpency, April 10 on the Smith-Vlasov present.
On paper, Treshkin (22-0-1, 12 KOs), a southpaw from Russia, seems to be a step up in competitors for Anderson. Treshkin, who has fought in a number of international locations, will field for the second time in america. He’s coming off a fourth-round knockout of then-unbeaten Francisco Silvens in November 2019 in Jamaica.
Arum mentioned working with PBC to place the undercard collectively was straightforward.
“No downside. It took 5 minutes,” Arum mentioned, including that it was useful that each corporations had heavyweights of their secure to attract from.
Whereas Arum and PBC boss Al Haymon have been longtime rivals, he mentioned they and their workers acquired alongside properly in the course of the promotions for Fury-Wilder II final 12 months, and he anticipates the identical professionalism this time round.
“I by no means mentioned an adversarial phrase about PBC relating to the promotion of the final struggle,” Arum mentioned. “One way or the other, perhaps as a result of we’re all such professionals, all people labored collectively seamlessly. There was by no means an argument that I do know of. All people was working and serving to out, and the concept is to place as a lot cash into the pot as you possibly can.
“This will probably be even higher, I believe, as a result of either side are so used to working collectively, and (High Rank president) Todd (duBoef) and (PBC’s Bruce) Binkow actually admire one another, and there’s no nonsense. There wasn’t any nonsense final time.”
DEONTAY WILDER ARBITRATION
Arum mentioned there have been no laborious emotions between the teams after Deontay Wilder gained an arbitration case towards Fury to pressure the third struggle slightly than Fury having the ability to meet Anthony Joshua on Aug. 14 for the undisputed world championship.
“We’re professionals,” Arum mentioned. “It’s (the arbitration) is over.”
As for the positioning of Fury-Wilder III, High Rank and PBC had appeared into the prospect of getting the struggle on the new Allegiant Stadium, the house of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, however in the end selected T-Cell Area, which Arum mentioned will probably be open at 100% capability.
“What it turned out to be was we appeared on the price construction for the stadium, and it was way more costly than T-Cell,” Arum mentioned. “We appeared on the soccer stadium, after which we realized that to get respectable seats, we’d put perhaps 40,000, 45,000 seats within the Allegiant Stadium, however we had been higher off we felt with 20,000, which might promote out, after which put closed-circuit throughout Clark County (dwelling to Las Vegas), which is what we’re going to do.”
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder will probably be stay on Pay-Per-View on July 24.
Dan Rafael is a lead boxing contributor for World Boxing Information. Observe Dan on Twitter @DanRafael1. Dan Rafael is a full member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America.