“We received a letter from Wilder’s team on Friday night, and we agreed with the networks and the hotel that July 18 was the optimal date,” Arum told The Times. “We had a seamless promotion last time with Al Haymon, PBC [Premier Boxing Champions] and Fox. We look forward to working with them again.”
While he provided little reason in the ring to believe another fight would go any better for him, he would later tell Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole after the match that his ring walk costume — a 40-pound, light-up suit of armor — deadened his legs as he entered the fight.
It then stands to reason that simply approaching the ring while not wearing a 40-pound suit of armor might help Wilder do better for the third fight, but few are likely to be swayed by that post-match excuse.
Deontay Wilder llega al MGM Grand antes de su pelea por el título de peso completo de la OMB contra el británico Tyson Fury, el martes 18 de febrero de 2020, en Las Vegas. (AP Foto/Isaac Brekken)
Deontay Wilder celebrates after defeating Luis Ortiz in the WBC heavyweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
American professional boxer Deontay Wilder visits Fitzroy Lodge Gym in South London to give a motivational talk to young boxers encouraging them to reach their potential in the boxing ring rather than crime. JULY 26th 2019 Credit: Matrix / MediaPunch /IPX
Boxer Deontay Wilder sits ringside before the IBF welterweight boxing bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
File - In this Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder poses for a portrait at Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Ala. Wilder is scheduled to fight boxer Tyson Fury on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo Tyson Fury, left, and Deontay Wilder face off during a news conference in New York ahead of their heavyweight world championship boxing match in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. Just how well Wilder's heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an enigma in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
Deontay Wilder arrives for a boxing news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York. Wilder is slated to square off against Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight title showdown in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
FILE - In this April 29, 2018, file photo, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder speaks at a press conference in Talladega, Ala. Wilder is on a business trip this weekend in Belfast. He’ll be ringside as a TV commentator for Saturday’s fight between Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta. But even Wilder has something riding on the outcome of this matchup. If Fury wins, Wilder plans to challenge Fury to a fight they’ve already discussed _ right then and there. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
FILE - In this March 3, 2018, file photo, Deontay Wilder poses for photographs after the WBC heavyweight champion defeated Luis Ortiz in New York. Wilder is slated to defend his title May 18, 2019, at Barclays Center in New York, against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Deontay Wilder, left, hits Luis Ortiz with a left during the first round of the WBC heavyweight championship bout Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder won in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Deontay Wilder paces the ring before a boxing bout against Bermane Stiverne, for the WBC heavyweight title, New York. Wilder has big plans. They don't particularly include Luis Ortiz, against whom Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017, file photo, boxer Deontay Wilder raises his glove before his heavyweight title fight against Gerald Washington in Birmingham, Ala. Undefeated heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz are scheduled to fight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in New York on Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Albert Cesare, File)
Deontay Wilder, left, fights Artur Szpilka, of Poland, during the eighth round of a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Undefeated WBC heavyweight world boxing champion Deontay Wilder strikes a pose during his weigh-in at Barclays Center, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Wilder will make his third title defense against Polish contender Artur Szpilka on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Barclays Center. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Wilder and Fury’s first fight also appeared to skew Fury, until Wilder scored a dramatic knockdown in the 12th round that ended the fight as a draw. Of course, Wilder’s right hand is known for ending many fights that aren’t going his way, though it hardly showed against Fury last week.
If Fury triumphs once again in July, next up will likely be a heavyweight unification bout against WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO champ Anthony Joshua. If Wilder wins, it could very well be him finally facing Joshua. The boxing world will wait in anticipation.