Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder could be pushed to February if no fans are allowed in December, reveals Bob Arum

TYSON FURY'S trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder may have to be delayed until next year, according to promoter Bob Arum.

The Gypsy King produced a dominant display to defeat the Bronze Bomber in seven rounds back in February.

While fans yearn for a heavyweight battle of Britain unification bout with Anthony Joshua, Fury finds himself contractually obliged to take on Wilder once again.

It was expected to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 18 – but the coronavirus pandemic put paid to that.

New plans have been drawn up to get the fight on before the end of 2020 – at the same venue on December 19.

But according to Fury's veteran promoter Arum, speaking to Sirius XM, the fight could be moved all the way back to next February if no crowd could be permitted before the end of 2020.

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The further postponement would cause a dilemma, however, with WBC challenger Dillian Whyte pencilled in to face Fury by the end of February, provided he beats Alexander Povetkin this month.

On the prospect of Fury – Whyte, Hearn told Sky Sports: "Dillian takes priority.

"Dillian has to have that fight by the end of February, and if it goes into March, it goes into March.

"Anthony Joshua is boxing in December. He won't be ready to box again until June-July."

AJ is currently down to finally face Kubrat Pulev in December – most likely at the O2 Arena – although it could be behind closed doors.

There's still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors.

Hearn told ESPN: "We know AJ's only going to fight once this year, so we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to bring in a crowd, and that would obviously be the later the better.

"But it's still not a gimme at all. There's still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors."

And the 40-year-old added on the venue itself: "Their regulations comply with the government, so at the moment they're closed.

"So they would need to open up. We'd need to get an understanding from the government what is allowed in arenas. Are you going to open at 50 per cent [capacity]?

"Are you going to open up 100 per cent? There's a lot of work that has to go into that with the government and The O2."

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