Deontay Wilder refuses to give up on Tyson Fury despite Gypsy King’s UK plan

Deontay Wilder has not given up hope of facing Tyson Fury this year.

The American's team want talks to thrash out a deal to rescue the third clash between the pair.

That is despite WBC heavyweight champion Fury pressing on with plans for a December 5 title defence against another opponent at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Fury has given up waiting on a date for the contracted third fight with Wilder – who he stopped in the seventh round of their February clash.

The bout was due to be on July 18 but the coronavirus pandemic and an injury to Wilder pushed that date back to October.

Then the clash was due for December 19 in Las Vegas but US broadcasters ESPN and Fox were against the date because of scheduling clashes.

Frank Warren and Bob Arum – who both promote Fury – are adamant their man is moving on.

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Arum has claimed the contract for the fight expired this month.

But Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel is refusing to throw in the towel on getting his man a rematch.

Finkel wants a meeting with Fury's promoters in a bid to save the trilogy clash.

The hall-of-fame manager is working with Al Haymon to provide a proposal to save the bout.

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Wilder – who has not spoken in public since March – is continuing to train for the third fight after recovering from bicep surgery.

But it is understood Fury will only be swayed if a huge offer comes in.

That will be difficult with no live gate after the first fight brought in over £15m in ticket sales.

The clock is ticking with Warren ploughing ahead with plans for Fury to fight in the UK.

Talks have taken place with a number of potential opponents as they look to sign off the bout while Fury is planning to apply for his British Boxing Board of Control licence again.

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They have secured the Royal Albert Hall for the date with Anthony Yarde's light-heavyweight clash against Lyndon Arthur also on the card.

It will be part of Warren's celebrations for the 40th anniversary of his first ever promotion back in 1980.

Meanwhile, Savannah Marshall's WBO middleweight title clash with Hannah Rankin on Saturday is off.

Marshall's trainer Peter Fury tested positive for Covid-19 and so the bout had to be cancelled with both now in self-isolation as per government guidelines.

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